musa saba/queen palm

islandbreezeAugust 12, 2013

This banana was sold to me as musa Saba, although I'm not quite sure that's what it is...red splotches on the leaves like juvenile dwarf Cavendish, but reddish tint on the pseudostem. The outside of the leaves is trimmed in red and the underside of the leaves is a powdery white. Can anybody confirm or deny that it's a Saba?
Also included a pic of my queen palm.

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islandbreeze

Reddish pseudostem...

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 1:17PM
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islandbreeze

Powdery white underside of leaves...

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 1:19PM
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islandbreeze

And my queen palm, about 8.5 feet tall.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 1:24PM
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subtropix

I am torn about the 'Saba'. Yours has the waxy, underside as does mine, but mine has no red markings like yours. Keep in mind, there ARE hybrids of different bananas. One of mine, for example is Musa zebrina x Grand Nain. Regarding your other post, you are right that banana is NOT Basjoo. But don't know what it is. Looks like one of mine though. Used to sell some with the name of Enano Gigante (dwarf giant). Shorter tree but big leaves. Not sure though.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 1:36PM
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islandbreeze

Thanks. I figured it wasn't a basjoo, but it comes back every year, so I wasn't sure what else it could be. Now I just have to figure out what two bananas are instead of one LOL. I'll have to look into Enano Gigante. If I knew what the other banana was, it could open up more possibilities of hardy bananas for zones 6 and 7.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 6:36PM
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subtropix

Cold hardiest are...

basjoo

Chinese Yellow (Lasiocarpa)--nice yellow flowers tat last a long time, 0 F.

Musa Sikkimensis (Himalayan)

Mekong Giant

Orinoco

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 8:48PM
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islandbreeze

I have Mekong Giant, which seems even more hardy for me than Basjoo. They're almost invasive for me, popping up in places where I don't want bananas. I've started to mix Mekong Giants in with my clumps of Basjoo. The Basjoo get going faster in the spring, but the Mekongs seem to respond better in the heat of summer.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 9:39PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Great looking queen palm. Your banana looks a lot like a Super Dwarf Cavendish. I can't say for sure, but it definitely has a lot of similar characteristics.
Glad to hear that Mekong Giants are so hardy. I definitely want to try one of them since basjoos have been weak growers for me.
Thanks for sharing!
-Alex

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 2:17AM
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islandbreeze

Alex- I agree with you, dwarf Cavendish was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the red on the leaves. If that is the case then I am not happy. The company I purchased it from sold it to me as Saba. When I received it, I emailed them about my concern/doubt that it was something else. I won't buy from that company again.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 8:03PM
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