Musa intinerans var. xishuangbannaensis ‘Mekong Giant’ PPAF

A cold hardy bannana that grows to 15' tall each year in USDA Zone 6


Size 15–40’ tall by 4–8’ wide
USDA hardiness Zones 6–11
Sun / Shade Full sun.
Soil Average garden soil.
Moisture Average to waterlogged in southern, coastal areas.
Disease and Pests None known.
Landscape use Borders, urban gardens, containers, specimens.
Market appeal / Uniqueness Mekong Giant grows much taller than other hardy bananas, reaching 15 feet in zone 6. In more southern climes, it can reach 40’ tall with trunks up to 20 inches in diameter.
Propagation Methods Tissue culture.

Angela’s Garden Notes:

This new selection gets its hardiness honestly, for it was selected from seedlings whose native range goes from the northern most point of the Tibetan Plateau, to southern, tropical regions along the Mekong Delta into Vietnam and Cambodia. The fruits are purple and the trunk is streaked red to purple, creating a perfect accent to the lush, deep olive green tropical foliage.