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Sweetheart Banana (Musa 'FHIA-3') at A Very Successful Garden Center

Sweetheart Banana fruit

Sweetheart Banana fruit

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Sweetheart Banana (Musa 'FHIA-3') at A Very Successful Garden Center

Sweetheart Banana flowers

Sweetheart Banana flowers

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Sweetheart Banana (Musa 'FHIA-3') at A Very Successful Garden Center

Sweetheart Banana

Sweetheart Banana

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Description:

This variety was bred and selected for excellent disease resistance, high fruit yield, and flavour; best suited to warm temperate climates and can take light freezes; a great garden or landscape accent

Ornamental Features

Sweetheart Banana is a wonderfully ornamental plant with characteristically tropical foliage and delicious edible fruit. Its attractive enormous glossy oval leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruits are showy yellow bananas carried in abundance from early to late fall.

This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The narrow sweet bananas are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking

Landscape Attributes

Sweetheart Banana is an herbaceous tropical perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should never be pruned except to remove any dieback, as it tends not to take pruning well. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sweetheart Banana is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Sweetheart Banana will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

Bananas are curious plants in a botanical sense. Strictly speaking they are perennials, with individual shoots rising up from underground rhizomes and maturing in one to two years, then ultimately dying after producing fruit, to be replaced by new shoots from the base. However, given their ultimate size and coarseness they almost behave as small trees in the landscape. This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Sweetheart Banana is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Screening  Garden  Orchard  Container 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features