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Banana

Musa cavendishii
Spanish: Platano

Height: up to 3m
Spread: 3 m

Banana's are not true trees, they are in fact herbaceous perennials but as most people think of them as trees I have included them in the tree section.

Bananas have large leaves, up to 2m long and 50cm across with a large midrib, the leaves will tear in the wind (this is a protective reaction to prevent wind-throw) which leaves them looking ragged. For this reason it is best to plant them in sheltered spots

The plant produces a long, pendulous flower spike on which the large, fleshy purple flower leads to the formation of fruits as the spike grows.

The banana is not tolerant of cold weather and frost.

Banana flower and fruitA close-up view of the the Banana's flowering spike

This specimen can be found in Plaza Vicente Espinel behind the taxi rank in Sabinillas.

 
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