deep blue green Dwarf Maoli Banana leaves frame a large bunch of green bananas and long stem that connects to the banana flower

Banana 'Dwarf Maoli' (Musa kaualau)

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Sow Exotic now carries the rare Hawaiian 'Dwarf Maoli' Banana!

This unique Dwarf Maoli cultivar is native to Southeast Asia and the Pacific. It is a herbaceous plant that is fast growing,and grows to a mature height of only 7-14 ft tall. The Dwarf Maoli has large, thick leaves and because of this is capable of resisting strong winds. Like most other Musa species, the Dwarf Maoli cultivar requires plenty of sunlight, and moist, well drained soil.

What makes the Dwarf Maoli Banana so special is it's prized flavor and wonderfully rich yellow-orange fruit pulp. Don't let it's name fool you, these Bananas are huge and shaped like sausages, making them perfect for cooking! 

Plant Type: 
Fruit Tree / Evergreen Perennial Herb

Did you know? The banana plant is actually an evergreen perennial fruiting herb, not a tree! The large ‘trunk’ is actually a pseudostem, which is made of bulky, leafy layers that emerge and wither over time. Banana plants are fast-growing, and prone to reproducing new plants through mini clones known as suckers.

Harvest Season: 
Year-round, but most predominantly in the warm summer months. With good care, bananas are capable of producing fruit within the first 15-18 months of planting. It will take 9-15 months before the tree starts flowering and an additional 2-6 months before the bananas are ready to be picked. 

(Expect approximately 3-6 months less time from planting to fruit for Banana plants in our XL Pot Size)

Mature Size: 
Really varies depending on variety. Some dwarf banana varieties grow only to 2-3 ft where other banana types reach up to 40 ft tall. Most banana plants can be grown easily in containers and overwintered indoors if needed. We recommend a minimum 7 gal. planter size.

Banana plants are fast-growing, and prone to reproducing new plants through mini clones known as suckers.

Soil & Moisture: 
Thrives in ample humidity!  Bananas like to be planted high on a mound in rich, moist well-drained soil, nitrogen-rich soil, and humid conditions similar to their native areas tropical and subtropical regions. In well-drained soil, bananas can almost never get too much water, sunlight, and nutrients. Water regularly to maintain leaves and promote fruit production. 

Light Requirements: 
Full Sun, Part Shade


Growth Rate: 
Fast, Very Fast

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Our bananas are grown from tissue cultures and are capable of fruiting within 1 year. 

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    Tendai M.
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 years ago
    Quality plant material and Superb packaging.

    North Georgia Climate Zone 7B This is the first plant I've ordered from this website and I have to say I am impressed. I made my order and it arrived at the appropriate time with no hassle, the banana plant its self was very healthy looking and looked to be viable. Since the pot it came in was biodegradable all I had to do was plant it. It's been 3 months and the plant grew 3 times it's size Since i live in North Georgia Climate Zone 7B I've planted it in a wine barrel so that I can bring it in during the 3 "cold" winter months, although it would grow much better if you plant it in the ground and dig it up before the freeze hits and then store it in the garage or some place where the frost won't get to it. Just my 2 cents;) Excellent product thank you 👍🌱

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