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Musa sikkimensis 'Bengal Tiger'


Musa sikkimensis 'Bengal Tiger' is a dramatic hardy banana with great burgundy stripes and a burgundy flush below.

Musa sikkimensis 'Bengal Tiger' is a beautiful selection of hardy banana with much more burgundy than the species with burgundy stripes on top of the leaves and a burgundy flush underneath. Some claim this species is hardier than Musa basjoo but I’ve found the opposite. Even well-wrapped the stems of my plant have died to the ground every winter since about 2001. Still, with good mulching it has been ground hardy like a herbaceous perennial and returns to a height of eight feet every season with its gorgeous leaves. Well worth it. Syn. M. hookeri.

Common Name: Hardy Banana

Family: Musaceae (The Banana Family)

Zone Hardiness: 8-10

Light: Full Sun

Height: 6-10'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Green

Class: Semi-evergreen

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Moist, Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Montane forests up to 2000 m.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

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