Fruits

Banana tree: everything you need to know

 

The shade banana tree (Platanus x hispánica) is a fruit tree that emerged from the cross between Platanus orientalis L and Platanus occidentalis L, native to Southwest Asia and the Atlantic area of ​​the United States, respectively. This is affirmed by some authors, but the truth is that the origin is not exactly determined.

It is a tree of the Platanaceae family that is not known in the wild despite appearing naturally on the banks of some rivers. It is a very resistant tree , with great longevity (up to 300 years) and with a preference for fresh and light soils.

Given the growth that the banana can experience ( up to 40 meters high ), it must be taken into account that it cannot be planted near any building, so it is recommended to leave a space of at least 10 meters so that the roots do not are affected by any obstacle or any raising of foundations or anything similar.

Description of the banana tree

The banana tree is a deciduous tree whose trunk can exceed 40 meters in height. This trunk usually has different green and yellowish tones and the bark breaks into plates.

The crown of the tree is rounded and the branches are not particularly erect but rather twist. The leaves are palmate and deciduous.

The banana tree flowers in spring and the fruits are harvested at the end of summer. The flowers are like a kind of long peduncles and have male and female inflorescences. Both are usually grouped two by two

In short, the banana or banana tree is a very difficult tree to find that is usually located in cool and humid places. It is a tree characterized by being tall and large and for being used in many places as an ornamental tree. Probably the best place to plant this tree in Spain is the entire northern part of the peninsula.

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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