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Cold Hardy Banana Tree

Musa 'Basjoo'

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Growing Zones: 5-11
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-11
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-15 ft.

Mature Width:

10-15 ft.


Full Sun


10-12 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Year to Bear:

2-3 years

Botanical Name:

Musa 'Basjoo'

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This Banana Tree Laughs at the Cold

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!

Banana leaves are huge and can sometimes get crinkled in shipping. Simply remove any damaged or worn leaves to stimulate the growth of new leaves. Use them to wrap meat for your next barbeque. During the growing season you will see fresh new leaves appear every few days.  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.

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Customer Reviews

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I been Growing these Bananas since 2011. They Made it thourth -14 degree winter in 2013-14. There still going on strong.
January 1, 2013
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
over 2 years 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
January 1, 2013
over 5 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..
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
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
over 2 years 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
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
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.
January 1, 2013
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
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
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
over 2 years 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.

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Cold hardy
Michael G on Jan 4, 2017
We like fruit
sylvia g on Oct 17, 2016
Cold hardy
Michael G on Jan 4, 2017
Neighbor tried to grow bananas before. Don't think she had a "cold hardy" banana tree. Hopefully this will do what hers didn't.
A. P on Oct 17, 2016
We like fruit
sylvia g on Oct 17, 2016
I want my house to stand out on the block as being unique! This should do it!
Terri C on Oct 16, 2016
Hardy tropical look
Erlinda M on Oct 14, 2016
this was in memory of her parents who just past away and they lived in Florida
Elizabeth R on Oct 13, 2016
Not sure if my current banana trees are cold hardy. Want some that is cold hardy for sure.
Susan F on Oct 9, 2016
hardy cold resistant and looks tropical for pool
Laura J J on Oct 8, 2016
We are building a lagoon
William M on Sep 16, 2016
we used to live in West Texas so I thought these would be great but alas they didn't last the first year
Mary P on Sep 7, 2016
To plant near our pool for a tropical effect
Dana M on Aug 28, 2016
We love our beach house in Kansas City. ;)
Melissa T on Aug 27, 2016
I want to create a tropical feel in my backyard.
Rodney B on Aug 26, 2016
Harold N on Aug 19, 2016
Good reviews and good look by the pool.
George E on Jul 10, 2016
Love tropical plants
Karen C on Jul 9, 2016
It is a hardy tree and I live in northwest Missouri
Daniel S on Jul 8, 2016
Wanted cold hardy bananas for my pool side.
Steve T on Jul 5, 2016
I love the tropical feel this gives and I'm happy it will grow easily in my Illinois climate. It's good to know it will overcome the winter weather too.
Ryan C on Jul 4, 2016
I wanted to add a hint of tropical to my yard.
CHARLES W on Jul 2, 2016
best chance to live through worse winters here.
Michael M on Jun 30, 2016
Want a tree that will survive Missouri winters
Gary C on Jun 26, 2016
A Palapa Bar just doesn't work in Humboldt Count, without Banana Trees!
Kirk G on Jun 26, 2016
I love them. It did not grow well last year and died down to the ground, but coming back.
Catherine M on Jun 19, 2016
fathers day
larry b on Jun 12, 2016
Friend told me about you
thomas a on Jun 11, 2016
Still coming
Ken N on Apr 20, 2016
replace my banana tree bought last year that died
Doris K on Apr 18, 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
Neighbor tried to grow bananas before. Don't think she had a "cold hardy" banana tree. Hopefully this will do what hers didn't.
A. P on Oct 17, 2016
I want my house to stand out on the block as being unique! This should do it!
Terri C on Oct 16, 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.
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.
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.
How far apart should the trees be planted?
Raymond k on May 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Plant them about 10 feet apart.
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 the leaves be used for cooking...just like other banana tree.?
Su L on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they can.
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!!
What do you do when the banana tree has a baby?
A shopper on Aug 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It will continue to develop babies as it develops. Mine went into the ground last Spring when I bought it. It was developing babies a few months later. This year the babies are getting almost as big as the mommy plant that I bought. So now I have about 8 banana trees and babies still developing. So I have a mini grove of them until almost winter when I have to cut them down to about 8 inches and cover them with the remains and then 2 feet of mulch to protect them from winter. Next Spring when warm enough, I uncover it all and remove the junky remains of the prior plants and start over. My neighbors love the plants; they asked me this year when they'd be seeing the banana trees again. Very popular. The baby tree plants are a good sign things are going well. I water with lots of potassium goodies (flower formula.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
How big of an area do you have to mulch for winter protection (do the roots extend out as far as the longest leaf) ?
steve w on Oct 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Immature trees the roots will extend half the size of the longest leaves. Mulch 2-3 foot in diameter around the base
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.
We noticed the banana trees pictured have 4 or 5 trunks shooting up..Will one plant split up
like that or is that several trees? thanks,Tuffy
Tuffy on Jul 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I purchased two trees (about 2 ft tall) and planted them together about 15 months ago. They are now 15 ft tall and there are several trunks. About 5 large trunks and 10 babies. Love these banana trees!
will the tree produce banana?
Timothy R on Feb 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Uufortunattely not. However all three of the trees I have planted have now produced up
five new plants around the base of their main stem. This season I plan to dig up
The new ones and spread them apart.
Plants looked so
Tropical in my Pennsylvania back yard and reached over
six feet tall.
Where can one buy a banana tree in Indiana, and can one be grown in the winter months in southern Indiana?
Nikki M on Dec 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Banana needs full sun or partial?
A shopper on Sep 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This tree prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial shade.
how fast does this grow back when you cut it back after the first fall frost ?
Glen H on Sep 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My first grow back was as fast as just being planted and was larger. I assume because root system was already established
I live in southern Wisconsin. When would a good time be to plant the Cold Hardy Banana Tree?
Beth R on Aug 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Plant it after the last frost. It might help to make a clear plastic tent to put over it for the first couple of weeks or so, too.
Can this tree withstand the heat of Las Vegas? If so how?
LVplanter on Apr 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
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.

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