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    Cold Hardy Banana Tree for Sale


Cold Hardy Banana Tree

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Growing Zones: 5-11

Growing Zones 5-11 This plant is recommended for zones: 5-11
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You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-15 ft.

Mature Width:

10-15 ft.


Full Sun

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Musa 'Basjoo'

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When I think of the tropics, I think of banana trees. And these big, lush beauties give that tropical feel to any landscape.

But the hardy Basjoo can also take winter temperatures down to -20° F when properly mulched.

In fact, its the cold hardiest banana tree you can find... growing as far north as Minnesota... and can grow in all 50 states.

These trees are ornamental banana trees. They give you that tropical feeling, but will not produce fruit.

You'll love how easy it is to add this beautiful plant to your yard. Simply plant it and stand back... in the warmer months it'll grow 2 feet a week!

Your banana trees have been cultivated in large pots... unlike other nurseries that try to sell them in smaller containers. This means that your Basjoo Banana tree is ready to be planted, and will put on remarkable growth the first growing season.

It only grows up to 10-15 ft. high, so you can pretty much plant it anywhere... even tight spaces.

Customer Reviews

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Growth Rate
I been Growing these Bananas since 2011. They Made it thourth -14 degree winter in 2013-14. There still going on strong.
December 31, 2012
When I received these they looked sad and limp (I'm sure it was the shipping stress). Having purchased from them before, I repotted them and waited for the magic to happen. I wish I could post pics of when they arrived and how they look a couple months later! They are beautiful. Not just saying it, I am shocked at how well they are doing and how FAST they are growing. I like this company! Every thing I've ordered has done great and grown nicely.
August 23, 2014
1 year ago
Started out slow, but now looks really cool. I just cut it off down to the base and covered with mulch for the winter
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
WOW.. I was very surprised. I purchased 6 of the 3-gal. plants. All came with the leaves. ALl in great health. I just cant wait till the temp break and warm up.. These are going to look so nice outside. I will have truly tropical looking yard around. It will be my pleasure to pass the good word about your company.. I just wish I would have purchased more of them after the fact.. happy planting all..
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
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Couldn't believe my eyes!
I live with my daughter in NW Ohio. My daughter is a person who likes her landscape to look very different from all the other houses on the golf course. I had been searching the internet fro something very different and happened onto this website. I ordered 3 of the banana trees. I was amazed at how rapidly they grew leaves. It seems as though a new leaf develops about every 1 1/2 days. We are really please with these. I have had neighbors comment on how they make them feel "tropical". I think we will order more if they survive the winter.
October 6, 2014
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Thanks so much for contacting me about the Banana Tree. I cant say enough about your company. The trees that you have sent to me are healthy and growing very nicely. It is nice to know that when I order something that I get what I have paid for. I cannot begin to tell you the garbage I have received from the two companies on QVC. Thanks so much also for having your trees packed so nicely. I am used to having trees thrown in boxes with no protection whatsoever. I will recommend your company very highly. Again, thanks so much
December 31, 2012
This year i bought 2 Basjoo banana trees.  One I kept in a pot and just brought it in the house. The other,  I planted in the ground and is now about 8 ft high
December 31, 2012
i have this banana plant in a mount in my front yard i have gave a lots away around russell springs ky. they are crazy over it love it.
December 31, 2012
Growth Rate
Happy with trees
Trees arrived on time and in great shape. They were planted on Aug. 1. It is Oct 29 now and they are about four feet tall, and look good. I think they will look great next summer.
October 28, 2014
1 year ago
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Growth Rate
short changed
Bought a second set of 2 banana trees..pitiful they were severally trimmed and when I turned pot up side down they fell out ..no ROOT BALL AT ALL a stringy mess...I have called and" its to bad you have till next year to deal with it" the first ones I bought showed up ..stressed but that's to be expected..within 8 or 9 days new leaf [froms] were showing up that's what I expected... so I bought 2 more..I want the 2 destroyed trees replaced..no B.S.
August 25, 2015
9 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Cold Hardy Banana Tree

Cold Hardy Banana Tree Planting Diretions Plant your Cold Hardy Banana Tree in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Although Cold Hardy Banana Trees can tolerate shade, they prefer full sunlight. Avoid planting your Cold Hardy Banana Tree in an area the receives a lot of wind.

Before planting your Cold Hardy Banana Tree mix sandy or fine potting mix in with your natural soil. Make sure that your soil is well draining. Keep your soil moist and not over saturated. Don't over water your Cold Hardy Banana Tree or let it sit in standing water.

During the growing season give your Cold Hardy Banana Tree every two weeks and fertilize it with a well balanced organic fertilizer three times during the growing season. We recommend a 28-8-16 fertilizer.

Questions & Answers

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Still coming
Ken N on Apr 20, 2016
love the tropical look these trees create
John J on Apr 15, 2016
Still coming
Ken N on Apr 20, 2016
Love bringing the tropical look to our Ohio home :-)
Sherry H on Apr 17, 2016
love the tropical look these trees create
John J on Apr 15, 2016
Odd looking up in New York
paul b on Apr 13, 2016
beauty, large foliage
keith i on Apr 8, 2016
Cold hardy
Janet F on Apr 2, 2016
We think it will make great shade for our KOI pond.
Willard A on Apr 1, 2016
Wanted it to put next to one I bought next year
C S on Mar 30, 2016
additions to the yard. I love these
Tony M on Mar 27, 2016
Cold hardy and beachy look
malinda P on Mar 25, 2016
I live in Ohio and have a home made tiki bar and a pool in my back yard. Giant elephant ear plants and Windmill palms in landscape. Going to bring the tropics to Ohio.
Todd B on Mar 25, 2016
I've had one before and loved it at a different address
Diane B on Mar 22, 2016
Looks cool, is cold hardy
Jolyn B on Mar 14, 2016
Cold hardy
Wayne Z on Mar 2, 2016
I was looking for a particular plant to help with privacy and I found that plant hear and after reading the reviews I knew this was the place to buy it.
RHONDA D on Feb 23, 2016
Love Tropical trees & plants! Hope to send you pictures from the time I receive them to each year I have them. Thank you & wish me LUCK!
Janice M on Feb 12, 2016
put around pool in NJ
Jason R on Feb 11, 2016
I wanted cold hardy tropical plants for my home in VA.
Kimberly R on Feb 7, 2016
we live in Wilmington NC and need a plant that can weather some cool temps...we have several of these around our pool and they are very nice and grow quickly.
MARK P on Dec 31, 2015
Marcia S on Nov 28, 2015
Wanted to screen view to our south.
Richard G on Nov 26, 2015
It's beautiful and unique for the area we live in, and is able to grow in our zone.
Margie R on Nov 8, 2015
from the island of Guam, reminds me of home.
LYDIA M on Oct 15, 2015
We have a pool in our backyard and these banana trees give us that extra tropical feeling.
Diane H on Sep 19, 2015
They will look great round my pool
Charles G on Sep 13, 2015
I wanted the look with shade in a particular area in my yard. Eventhough it won't produce fruit, it's the perfect exotic look and function I was looking for.
Angelo P on Sep 7, 2015
Claims to grow in my region. Fast growing seasonal. Hoping it will make a great addition to my patio
James C on Aug 22, 2015
I'm purchasing for a gift for my mother in law. She loves plants and saw the one I am growing from FGT on my porch and wanted one for her bday :)
Vicki F on Aug 21, 2015
Love bringing the tropical look to our Ohio home :-)
Sherry H on Apr 17, 2016
Odd looking up in New York
paul b on Apr 13, 2016
Wht do I need to do for the winter if I plant the banana tree in my backyard?
johnny on May 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Dont plant it outside, plant it inside it'll.still produce inside the home.
If I order your cold hardy banana tree now, when should I plant it outdoors? I'm in Southeastern PA.
Peter S on Mar 7, 2015
Do I Have to cover the banana trees in the winter in New Jersey and if yes how do I do it?
sandi s on Oct 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Proper care just after your Basjoo experiences its first frost is key to promote healthy growth. After the initial frost, trim back the hardy banana to the ground. Allowing the tree to rot back naturally is not advisable as the rot can spread to the root system. Next, cover the plant area with about 6 inches of mulch. Finally, place and secure a plastic sheet over the mulch, ensuring the mulch stays dry to avoid the possibility of root rot. Remove the plastic and most of the mulch in the early spring prior to the start of any growth. The tree will begin its quick growth when the ground becomes warm enough.
Does the cold-hardy banana produce edible bananas?
Patricia C on Jun 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, this is an ornamental tree.
I live in Chicago and I'm getting ready to plant my basjoo banana tree. I'm waiting till after the last frost (around may 15). I plan on covering it with mulch in the fall. The following spring, should I leave the mulch down till after the first frost, or should I remove some mulch as soon as it starts to warm up?
Dave H on May 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: AS soon as it starts to warm up is fine.
What is the height of the 1 gal trees? Do you have a 3gal tree? Height?
David P on Jun 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: One gallon Trees are between a foot and a half to a foot tall. The 3 gallon size are between 1 1/2 ft to 2 ft.
May I grow this banana tree in a container?
Michele K on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: YES but will need to bring inside in winter if temps below freezing
zone 7, here In Tenn, will It do good here?
Ann / on Apr 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Cold Hardy Banana Tree should thrive where you are located.
How far apart should the trees be planted?
Raymond k on May 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Plant them about 10 feet apart.
What kind of soil should I plant the banana tree in, most of the soil is high on the clay side in Cincinnati?
Adam K on Apr 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Banana trees prefer a slightly acid soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5, and well drained. You would need to amend your soil.
Can the leaves be used for cooking...just like other banana tree.?
Su L on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they can.
I bought this plant last year and it was looking GREAT - it was probably 4-5 feet! I live in Michigan, so our fall begins in mid-late October. My tree fell completely to the ground then - almost overnight! Do you think it died - or do you think its roots are strong enough to grow back ? Thanks!
Nicole S on Jan 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you cover it with mulch and protect it from freezing winter temperatures it could come back. You may want to consider carefully digging the plant up and placing it indoors by a large sunny window.
can you dig up the ones that come up around the main plant and transplant them ?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can dig up and transplant if you get enough of it's own root system in the off shoot. This should also be done once the shoot is at least a foot tall. The newly planted shoot will likely go through a period of shock but should recover as long as you get it done before going into winter dormancy. I wouldn't transplant after September.
How do you remove and plant the shoots?
A shopper on Jul 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I used a sharp spade shovel... Loosened soil around shoot...use shovel to remove new plant from base plant ensuring that you also include a piece of the main corn... Plant in new soil and water frequently..I don't transplant until the shoots are at least 12 inches... Plant will look like it dies but I have been 100% successful!
winter care for this plant?
Brooks J on Nov 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Once temperatures get cooler you can chop the plant down to about 6 inches and cover it with mulch. Come spring it will shoot up with new growth rapidly.
I live in El Paso TX can i plant my basjoo plant in full sun weather is very hot and dry early summer?
A shopper on Aug 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can plant it in full sun in the summer. You will just want to keep an eye on it and maybe water it more often than usual.
What do you do when the banana tree has a baby?
A shopper on Aug 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Have a baby shower! Hardy har har. Actually, last year I carefully removed the baby (about 2 feet tall) and gave to my daughter. She planted it and it did beautifully. It is coming up again this year (we live in Chicago)
What do you use to kill beetle bugs that eat on the banana trees?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You can use an organic pesticide.
Is there a guarantee on plants? What is the best time to plant them? Do yall always have these in stock? How far apart from each other do they need to be planted? Im in Central/Northern Texas, we have a lot of clay, will they grow good if I mix the planting mix with the native soil? Thank yall
Sunny B on Jan 19, 2015
Banana needs full sun or partial?
A shopper on Sep 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This tree prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial shade.
Would the roots get big an grow into my pool. How far would you recommend planting from an inground pool?
Drema T on Apr 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would suggest keeping it about 8-10 feet from a pool, somewhat due to the roots, but also because the leaves can be as big as 2 feet long. This would give you enough space to move around the plant since the leaves will bruise. It doesn't appear that the roots are that invasive, but we've only had it in for 1 year, and we had enough of an off-shoot that we were able to divide it last fall and replant the shoot. Don't forget, each fall/winter the plant needs to be cut down to the ground, covered in plastic and mulched. We did it and it's coming back bigger than last year!!
Will this tree produce fruit ?
Nita V on Apr 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: dont know yet.i would presume so it is suppose to..i live in very hot desert so far it survived a very cold winter (for us here in laughlin, nevada)and it is growing. i would say in a couple of more years i will have fruit, never the less peple love the idea of growing a banana tree in the desert
Can it be used in planter pots?
Barry J on Apr 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sorry - not sure the answer to that question as we planted ours in the ground (currently waiting to see if it made it through winter).
my banana tree lost all its leaves this first winter and the stem is mushy,will it regrow?
cathy f on Mar 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In the winter I cut the banana trees down to about a foot and cover the base with pine shats. The stem will get mushy if you leave it standing. Towards the last of March when danger of frost is past, I remove the shats. The plant springs back to life and does beautifully.
I notice in the question and answer section they are talking about transplanting shoots that come up. Is this an invasive plant?
Michelle M on Jun 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I only had the plant for one season due to an extremely cold snap that damaged the plant. However, during the growing season, the shoots were isolated around the main stalk. I would not consider this plant to be invasive.
Do bananas need 2 plants to polinate?
Marion L on Apr 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: NO they do not but be careful in the amount of water you give them they do not like excessive watering.
Can this tree withstand the heat of Las Vegas? If so how?
LVplanter on Apr 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I do not know -I have mine inside still .It is still freezing some mornings.Also the plant was supposed to 24" inches high and forming leaves -what I got was a stub about 3" high .I have nursed it back to strength is about 5" high!
how big around does the trunk get at the base of the tree when fully grown?
Coral M on Apr 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I can't answer honestly since I planted mine later in the season and it was still growing when the fall frost stunted its growth, but I can say that it reached over 6 ft. in height and 4 in. in trunk diameter. I live in mid Michigan and although I cut it down to within 6 in. in the fall and mulched it well, it did not survive an unusually frigid winter. We had many days of sub zero temps for 2 yrs in a row, but I do plan to buy and plant another, because a banana tree this far north creates much couriosity, and I can't begin to count the number of people who walked by and took pictures. That banana tree put smiles on many faces especially my own............I hope this helps your decision to plant a banana tree. Fast Growing Trees is a wonderful company to do business with.
We don't use mulch - we use landscape rocks. What can I use to protect the banana tree over the winter besides mulch? Quilt batting? Or ?? We are in Zone 6.
Margie R on Oct 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Last year I raked leaves over the stump and then covered with some plastic held down with rocks. It worked great.
Better to plant in the fall or wait till spring? I'm in zone 5.
Brian N on Sep 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I had mine come in the Spring (I'm on Long Island NY). It was fully established by the cold weather, I covered it with lots of leaves and plastic, got it through the winter and now have 4 large banana trees. I didn't know they would divide so quickly even in a tough zone. I think it's best to get the plant established well before getting through the winter. We've been really happy with ours.

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