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Blue Java, 'Ice Cream' Banana (Musa Acuminata)

Categorized as: Banana,Edible Fruit/Nuts

May 06, 2010 | 13202 Views | 0 Comments

Blue Java, ‘Ice Cream’ Banana Musa 'Ice Cream,' or Blue Java as some call it, is a very beautiful, cold tolerant banana plant that's hardy to zone 8. It fruit is said to have both the texture and flavor similar to vanilla ice cream. This banana tree has beautiful large leaves and produces medium bunches of silvery blue bananas that are very delicious fresh or cooked.

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: Acuminata
Cultivar: Ice Cream


Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to 10 °F
USDA Zone 8b: to 15 °F
USDA Zone 9a: to 20 °F
USDA Zone 9b: to 25 °F

Height:

8-10 ft.
10-12 ft.
12-15 ft.

Light Exposure:

Full Sun
10% to 40% Shade

Growth Rate:

Fast
Moderate


This rather tall banana grows well in a variety of climates and does well in containers. It also fruits rather easily. Likes evenly moist, well-draining, soil with fairly high levels of organics mixed in. Tolerates full sun at lower altitudes but at higher elevations needs a fair amount of sun protection. Has shown good resistance to winds in excess of 50 mph. In arid climates has shown some susceptibility to high ph 7.0. Will turn yellow with too much potassium and is not a fast grower in low humidity. Folds leaves at high temps but recovers at night.



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