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Commonly known as Japanese banana
EvergreenArching, oblong-lance-shaped, bright-green leaf blades to 3m (10ft) long.
YellowPale yellow or cream.
PalmCan be multi-stemmed. Produces flowers 2-3cm (¾ to 1¼in) long with large, brown bracts in pendent, terminal spikes. More mature specimens may produce inedible fruits to 6cm (2½in) long.
Tender - cool or frost free greenhouseTolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
Full sunShelter from winds
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Additional FeaturesArchitectural interestPests & DiseasesRed spider mite, mealy bugs and aphids can be a problem particularly if in greenhousePlace of originJapan
Garden Location/ConditionsGreenhouse / conservatoryNot the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winterLoam based compost, plenty of light but shade from hot sun.Sub-tropical / mediterranean
HardinessHalf hardy (down to 0)
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(see photos above)Oblong (see photos above)
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilHumus-rich