banana shrub is so called because of the heavy, incredibly sweet
banana scent of its flowers. These are white inside, covered with
brown, furry bracts, and about 1-2" in diameter. The shrub itself is
evergreen with glossy green leaves, sometimes a bit yellow in full,
direct sun. It makes a dense, rounded to oval-shaped shrub that
grows up to 15' high and almost equally wide. Originally from China.
Prefers acid, fertile, well drained soil with plenty of organic
matter. May be pruned after blooming, but looks best when allowed to
grow to natural size and shape. Has practically no pests or disease
problems; although scale might develop, it is easily controlled.
Light: Sun to part shade.
Propagation: From cuttings .
Fragrant flowers, glossy, evergreen foliage.