Man Grows Banana Tree In Vancouver

Housing prices aren’t the only things that’s bananas in Vancouver. Bananas are bananas! After four years of cultivation, a Vancouver man’s banana plant has flowered and developed fruit, something he never thought was possible because of the city’s climate. “Not in Vancouver,” said Antonio Zullo who started growing the plant from a shoot. It’s now about two metres tall. “Maybe the climate’s warmer,” said Antonio, after being asked why he thinks the plant has flowered and produced fruit. David Tracey is an environmental designer and community ecologist. He says “With climate change here, and we can see it happening, there are more and more things that we can grow now that we didn’t used to be able to in years past”, citing growers who have long cultivated fig trees are now more consistently getting better crops from the plants. David adds, “We’re stretching the border, it’s kind of moving north of what we once thought was too cold to grow.”

(Photo credit: Nic Amaya/CBC)

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