Musa sumatrana 'Zebrina'

Musa sumatrana ‘Zebrina’

This tropical, perennial ornamental banana has large, variegated burgundy and green, paddle-shaped leaves on red stems. It will grow to about 6′-8′ although smaller if container grown. Produces yellow flowers and small, seeded bananas, that while edible and not that enjoyable.

Pronunciation: MEW-suh soo-MAH-truh-nuh

Species Meaning: Of or from Sumatra

Musa sumatrana is native to Sumatra.

Cultivation Notes

Wants full sun but may need protection from hot sun. Li likes a moist soil but well-drained soil.

Additional Information

There has been conflict about the name of this plant, but usually known as either Musa sumatrana ‘Zebrina’ or Musa acuminata ssp zebrina. It is also sometimes listed as being cultivar Rojo.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P21124

Found in Compost Heap,

It was in the tropical section of the Giants, but did not survive the winter of 2022 when temps fell to about 22F.

We acquired this plant from Farmington Gardens - grown by Little Prince.

Family: Musaceae

Genus: Musa

Species: sumatrana

Variety: Zebrina

Commonly known as: Rojo Banana, Blood Banana

Height: 5ft to 10ft

Spread: 3ft to 5ft

Water Needs:
Summer - Medium Water
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Nutrient Rich Soil
Season of Interest:
Zn9b - down to 25F

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