Musa zebrina, Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii', Musa basjoo
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Banana is one of the first plants most of us conjure to mind when we envision the tropical look. With its long and broad, leafy foliage, it is a great plant to create a tropical feel in the garden. Treated strictly as ornamentals, these types of bananas are grown for their foliage, not for fruit. Bananas can grow to 15 feet tall and can be quite dramatic with their large leaves. Use bananas in large containers or as specimen plants in landscape beds.
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A master gardener tells how to enjoy tropical plants even if you're not in a typical climate for them.