Banana trees bear fruit in Huntsville man's backyard | Home & Garden
A Huntsville man hoped for years that the banana trees in his backyard would bear fruit.
The trees flourished in height and foliage for about a decade but never produced bananas – until now.
“Thanks to the mild winter this year, the lower portion of four of my trees managed to survive and come up earlier,” said Seth Lubega.
Lubega, a native of Uganda, moved to Huntsville nearly fifty years ago to attend Oakwood University.
His wife brought two banana saplings to their home in 2000. Lubega planted them in his backyard at his north Huntsville home, wondering how they would fare in the valley’s non-tropical climate.
“As they sprouted new babies, I planted them until I had a row in front of my house. By the end of that year I had them growing in ten different locations,” he said.
Before long, Lubega named his small banana orchard Lusuku, which is the Luganda name for “banana plantation.”
Lubega was about to give up all hope that his trees would grow fruit, until this summer when an unexpected discovery proved him wrong.
In July, a guest pointed out a small row of bananas had sprouted on one of the trees. Delighted, Lubega looked for more and found three additional trees with flower buds.
Lubega claims these are the first trees in north Alabama to successfully bear fruit without the help of a greenhouse.
The fruit still remain on the trees but with winter’s frost quickly approaching, Lubega said there isn’t much more time to admire them.
He said the humble bananas are no comparison to the abundance of fruit that grew in his hometown in Uganda. He is, however, happy that a few managed to brave the cooler weather and emerge in his Huntsville home.