The Q&A Archives: Plant propagation

Question: We live in South-East NC and bought a plant from an old plantation. The person only knew it as a banana plant. IT has small thick leaves and yellow flowers that smell like banana's? Would like to make other plants like it and use my plant for cuttings.
Ann Hansen

Answer: The banana shrub is a slow growing, long lived, small tree that makes an excellent specimen plant. The leaves are a shiny, dark green similar to the tropical ficus trees. The flowers are a creamy white and smell like bananas. The fragrance is strongest on a warm, still spring day. Banana shrubs set little pups at the base of the trunk and when these grow large and have roots of their own you only need to remove them from the parent plant and pot them up on their own. Just watch for these pups to be produced and when you can see they have roots you can simply pull or cut them from the parent plant. Good luck with your project!

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