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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 -10° 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 3 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 6 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 3 years ago
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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
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
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 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 B.S.
August 25, 2015
over 2 years ago
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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
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 3 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

The Basjoo Banana is the hardiest ornamental banana variety known to tropical plant lovers the world over. Strategically planted Basjoos will help you create the perfect backyard retreat in just about any climate—even as far north as Minnesota! Its quick growth won’t keep you waiting either. Follow these helpful instructions and you can expect your Basjoo to grow as much as an amazing 2’ per week.

Location: Place your Basjoo Banana plant in a warm, sunny spot that has good protection from high winds. Ample sun is necessary in order to encourage the giant banana leaves to reach their full growth potential.

Hardiness: With mulch added to supply insulation, your Basjoo can withstand temperatures as low as -20 F. That makes this variety the cold hardiest banana plant in existence. Keep in mind that growth rates will slow as temperatures approach 40F. Remember to mulch heavily when temperatures fall below freezing.

Soil: The Basjoo will thrive in rich loamy soil that contain generous amounts of amendments like composted cow manure, shredded leaves,pine bark, top soil etc.

Planting Instructions:
1) Choose and clear the planting site.  Select a site that’s large enough to support the mature size of your Basjoo Banana. Even with a mature height of 10-18 feet, this banana plant can fit in some pretty tight spaces, offering a variety of planting location choices throughout your yard or garden. Clear the planting area of all weeds and any plant life immediately surrounding the designated planting location.
2) Dig the hole to the depth and width necessary to accommodate the root system—typically twice as wide as, and slightly deeper than the root ball. Resist the temptation to amend the removed soil. Early root development will be more successful if the surrounding soil contains the same nutrients as the soil beyond the hole. Be sure to measure the root ball against the hole before positioning the plant to ensure proper depth and diameter is achieved.
3) Loosen the Roots then place the Basjoo Banana plant in the hole.  Before setting your plant, loosen any tangled roots by hand to separate them and encourage rapid growth. Be sure the plant is in an upright position before covering with the removed soil. Make sure the base of the trunk (just above the roots) is no more than 1 inch below the soil level. Gently fill the hole and tamp the soil working around the plant with your feet.
4) To help retain moisture, apply organic mulch around the base of the tree keeping a slight distance from the trunk.
5) Water in your banana tree.

Winter care: 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.

Watering: The Basjoo, like other hardy banana trees love moist, well-draining soil. This is imperative to ensure and maintain proper health as wet soil will promote plant and root rot. With the correct soil composition, you’re likely to find yourself watering your Basjoo more often than other plants in your garden.

Fertilization: Like water, Basjoo requires more fertilization than the typical garden plant in order to supply key nutrients continuously throughout the growing season. A layer of compost at the base of the plant applied every 2 weeks should do the trick. We recommend a 28-8-16 water soluble fertilizer. Look for new leaf growth about every 5-7 days as a guide to proper application. For optimal growth, apply a dry fertilizer 2-3 times each growing season. Make sure to water after application to prevent burning.

Pests: The main pests to watch for are spider mites. Control these by wiping them off with a damp towel and applying an insecticidal soap.

Tips: Place wire mesh protection around the base of your plant if animals are eating your plants. Protect leaves from shredding by providing adequate shelter from winds.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Not only does the tree produce fruit, but should be an excellent diplay to my landscape. I am looking forward in seeing how well they do here in Texas.
Dana W on Dec 8, 2017
Tropical landscaping
Yuanyuan Z on Nov 18, 2017
Not only does the tree produce fruit, but should be an excellent diplay to my landscape. I am looking forward in seeing how well they do here in Texas.
Dana W on Dec 8, 2017
want it next to swimming pool for tropic look
Mary M on Nov 20, 2017
Tropical landscaping
Yuanyuan Z on Nov 18, 2017
Because we have a pond with an island this completes our tropical theme! Our life jacket/kayak storage van has a mural painted with a sunset and tropical island trees! Probably pineapple trees.
vickie d on Oct 27, 2017
I love the big leaves and how fast this grows.
Barron W on Oct 23, 2017
Wife request
Tom H on Oct 19, 2017
Cold hardy
Michael G on Jan 4, 2017
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
want it next to swimming pool for tropic look
Mary M on Nov 20, 2017
Because we have a pond with an island this completes our tropical theme! Our life jacket/kayak storage van has a mural painted with a sunset and tropical island trees! Probably pineapple trees.
vickie d on Oct 27, 2017
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: Here in Oklahoma (southern border on the edge between zone 8 and 7) and even a farther north Banana trees can be planted in the ground! it's just that at the first sign the plant is damaged by cold (or hopefully just before) you cut off the plant a few inches above ground and insulate the plant with old papers, blankets or towel or hay or leaves and place a big planter or animal water tub over stump and the insulating material. the rhyzome will survive that way. I have seen several people do this (all the way to the north of OKC, OK) and last year's banana tree is now as tall as someone's mailbox already. they are very fast growing. as to fruiting i am beginning to think the rhyzome needs to be a certain diameter for it to try to fruit. This is in addition to proper feeding and stuff like that. it is my opinion for now that plants that will not fruit cannot grow the rhyzome and thus the stalk to mature size. perhaps the planter is constraining the rhyzome sort of bonsai'ing it? not certain... but if my yard planted tree does fruit this year i will know with better certainty.
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.
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
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.
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!!
Can the leaves be used for cooking...just like other banana tree.?
Su L on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they can.
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.
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!
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
When to plant in Pennsylvania?
Alyson B on Sep 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They'll send you the tree around the proper frost free date. If you get a late frost you may have to protect it. I'm in Ohio and didn't have a hard frost after the date they sent it in the spring.
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
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!
When is the best time to plant in North Carolina?
L P on Sep 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in May in Indiana. Cut it down after first frost and cover with mulch. Uncover it April and it grows back big as ever.
Do I actually cut the tree right back to the ground? Do I use a saw?
Perry V on Apr 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Depending on where you live, I just let mine go dormant and don't cut anything back. I mulch the base heavily and in the spring I cut away the dead leaves once they start to grow. They're very tough and come back every year beautifully. They also multiply nicely. I live in northern va.
I live in Pa and the soil I planted 2 trees in has a high clay content. Any recommendations on what to add to the soil to be more beneficial?
Paul S on Apr 21, 2017
I like to use grass clipping, as the banana trees like nitrogen ! Also any other waste vegetation that is available.
I also use the waste from my pond filters when cleaning them to. The soil needs to be loose and well fed and moist.
I live in windy Oklahoma...Will this tree take like 35 mi.wind?
L L on Apr 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm further down south, in San Antonio, TX. The Banana Tree is pretty resilient. They seem to withstand everything. If you don't mind if the leaves get somewhat torn or frayed, then they should be ok for your area. Make sure you purchase trees that are cold tolerant. Good luck.
Do basjoo bananas spread like regular banana trees?
Mark M on Jan 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 2 years only 1 new growth slow spreader
Are the banana trees deer resistant?
Tammara W on Aug 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The deer here don't seem to bother them. And we have deer coming into our yard all the time.
I live in southern idaho....can i plant it into the ground without it dieing in the winter time?
bdamon on Jun 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Even in North Florida , the plant will die back. When it Browns, cut the stock off 1-2 feet from ground and most of the time the new plant in spring grows through old stock. What it didn't like is the rocks I put around mine. The sun would get the rocks too hot. Open this helps.
I would love to know how to separate these? I have 2 that I have had for many years that have turned into about 20 trees and i desperately need to split them...
Linda H on Apr 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I move mine in at the onset of winter. Last year when transplanting we accidently broke one at the root base and it is doing fine this spring. To answer your question, if they are healthy I believe you can be very aggressive with a separation. The original tree seems to be even healthier now.
Can it be used in planter pots?
Barry J on Apr 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely but it will not overwinter in cold climates in a container . It must be in the ground and HEAVILY mulched
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.
I live in ILL. will it live here and what I do to it the winter time ?
bigdog on Sep 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: When you are close to the 35 degree marker, whack it down to about 6 inches. Cut all the leaves and pieces into small pieces and lay those over it. Now cover it in about 2 feet of mulch, so that it is really well covered, like two bags of mulch or more. It should be fine until Spring when the temperatures will be greatly improved. You need to protect it from winter chill factors and snow. I'm in middle Missouri and this plant is by the front porch with some wind protection though it gets torn up by the wind anyway, but it protects it from winter even more.
When do you cut back the trees for winter?
alice r on Oct 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Right before the first frost
Can I trim back in the summer and how do I do this ?
Dale L on Oct 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would be careful cutting back in the warmer months due to insects. Removing the lower leaves would probably be ok.
Is it deer and elk resistant?
Judy G on Oct 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Don't know but none of mine survived winter in denver even though I followed all instrucrions

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