Has anyone here had experience with Musa acuminata × balbisiana 'Blue Java' ? It's a banana tree that's allegedly good for zones 8-11. Of course with no mention of if it will fruit in zone 8.
I'm in zone 7b, but I can cover/wrap the pseudostem for the winter.
Different Musa species, subspecies, and cultivars are currently investigated to reveal their genomic diversity. Here, we compare the genome sequence of one of the commercially most important cultivars, Musa acuminata Dwarf Cavendish, against the Pahang reference genome assembly. Numerous small sequence variants were detected and the ploidy of the cultivar presented here was determined as triploid based on sequence variant frequencies. Illumina sequence data also revealed a duplication of a large segment on the long arm of chromosome 2 in the Dwarf Cavendish genome. Comparison against previously sequenced cultivars provided evidence that this duplication is unique to Dwarf Cavendish. Although no functional relevance of this duplication was identified, this example shows the potential of plants to tolerate such aneuploidies.