In many streets and avenues we find a spectacular tree. Perhaps we do not pay much attention to it, as it is very common, but the truth is that it is one of the most interesting plants to have in gardens, yes, spacious. It supports pollution, pruning, high temperatures, and also the cold.
His name is Shadow banana, and these are your cares.
The shade plantain is a tree that can grow up to 40 meters Tall. Its leaves are deciduous, and are very reminiscent of those of the maples, which is why he gave it the scientific name of Platanus acerifolia, although today it has been changed to Platanus x hispanica. It is not known where it originates from, but it is believed that it comes from the cross between platanus orientalis which is native to Southwest Asia and the platanus occidentalis who lives in the Atlantic area of the United States.
It has a rapid growth rate, and a very long life expectancy. In fact, it can live neither more nor less than until 300 years.. The bark of its trunk is very peculiar, as it breaks into plates of different shades.
This is a magnificent garden tree, simply needing to be located in an area where the sun shines directly, regular waterings and pruning at the end of winter. We have to remove the branches that intersect, the weak, diseased or those that are broken with a saw previously disinfected with pharmacy alcohol.
If we talk about pests and / or diseases, you should know that it is sensitive to the fungus powdery mildew already plague Corituca of the banana. The first can be fought with natural fungicides, such as sulfur, but if you have pets, you should keep them away from the product to prevent them from being poisoned; As for the Corituca, it can be fought with potassium soap, Neem oil or with pyrethrins.
Enjoy your shadow banana 🙂.