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Ice Cream Banana Tree

Musa 'Ice Cream'

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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 20℉)

Growing Zones 8-11 outdoors
4-11 patio
8-11 outdoors

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-15 ft.

Mature Width:

8-10 ft.


Full Sun


8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:


Fruit Color:

Yellow Green

Year to Bear:

2-3 years

Botanical Name:

Musa 'Ice Cream'

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Sweet Bananas Taste Like Ice Cream

Introducing the Ice Cream Banana Tree

Why this Tree is Top Banana:

  • Fast growing, cold tolerant Banana tree
  • Delicious fruit that actually tastes like ice cream
  • Awesome display of burgundy flowers
  • Tropical look with substantial leaves
  • Strong trunk and root system holds up well against the elements

Ice Cream Banana: Tropical Beauty and Delicious Fruit Combined

What happens when you combine great tasting fruit with tropical beauty? You get a backyard banana tree that is rapidly becoming the most popular variety available. And with good reason. Incredibly sweet banana flavor is only one of the many benefits of this lush and hardy tree.

It's a fast growing specimen with gigantic leaves and a stout, sturdy trunk that will soar to heights of 18 feet. The lime green leaves are complimented by blue - yes blue- tinted bananas that give the tree its nickname: Blue Java Banana Tree.

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.

The clustered rows of fruit cling to the tree in large numbers. Completing the ornamental allure of the Ice Cream Banana are the large burgundy flowers that make the trio of colors complete. This is a gorgeous tree that has to be seen to be believed.

The Tree that Grows Ice Cream

Money may not grow on trees, but ice cream does! When you taste the soft, creamy fruit from the Ice Cream Banana Tree, you'll agree that it was aptly named. The taste and consistency is unlike any other banana variety in the world.

Often compared to vanilla custard, peel away the blue-green skin and you'll be amazed at the white flesh of the banana. Smooth, sweet and creamy, there's no banana anywhere else like it in the world. For a refreshing treat right off the tree, or in savory deserts and fruit salads, there's no limit to the sweet sensations you can create with the Ice Cream Banana.

Plant yours today and start growing Ice Cream in your own backyard.

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Customer Reviews

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Ice Cream Banana Tree
The Ice Cream Banana Tree cannot be grown in a zone 5 area or a zone 6 area or a zone 7 area of any area that has a cold factor that takes it into a freeze zone of any kind. The Banana tree would then loose all of its leaves and the Tree would then turn brown and then begin to die! I know this because I grew one of these particular Ice cream banana trees in California in 2005. It took 2-1/2 years to come to fruit and the tree was over 23 feet tall and the base was 28 inches in diameter. This was in a zone 11 area. That was one huge tree. The banana cluster was massive. I was lucky enough to have as a friend a Filipino, who knew this type of banana and he helped me grow it. I gave him the 6 pups that came from the main tree as I decided one tree was enough for me. As planting medium, I used crushed palm tree medium and 1/3rd steer medium mix. Watered every 3 days. A lot of people came to see it.
February 14, 2015
Growing Zone:
Super fast growing banana tree
I ordered the 3 gallon size and it was about 2 feet tall when I got it less than 6 months ago (end of April), now it is easily 10+ feet tall and has 4 babies growing around it that are all taller than my original plant. I planted it in a spot in my backyard that has rock walls on two sides and a gazebo on a third side, grass on the fourth so it is fairly well protected from the heavy winds El Paso can get in the springtime.
I have fairly sandy soil so I followed the advice of the other guy's review and mixed some manure in with what little palm tree soil I had and threw in some vermiculite too, I think.

We don't have any fruit yet, but with the way this thing is growing, I'm sure we will if it survives winter.

We live in zone 8b and get usually get snow a couple times each winter (4,000 ft elevation). I plan to wrap Christmas lights around to help it (them) keep warm - we'll see how that goes. Maybe I'll uproot one of the little ones and make it a houseplant as an insurance policy.

My wife likes to make tamales and she even used one of the banana's leaves (fronds?) to wrap several of them. Very cool.

Also, I haven't seen any pests bother it, other than the occasional ant using it for a lookout tower.

Fast Growing trees is a great site, I've bought nearly all my plants here.
October 6, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Very fast growing. ....
My daughter talked me into buying the ice cream bannana tree in May 2016. I figured it worth a shot for a 1 gallon costing $19.99.

I live in Fayetteville, NC (zone 8) .

The plant arrived healthy and was about two feet tall. It is now August 2016 and the plant is growing very fast about 10 feet tall.

It's great for privacy. I look forward when it starts producing bannanas .
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The original leafs thst we cut off.
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August 27, 2016
Fayetteville , NC
Growing Zone:
fast gowing doesn't need much care
We had it in a pot on our patio for the summer and now it is in our kitchen and it still continues to grow. It's easy to take care of and is very happy to be a part of our family.
October 6, 2015
over 2 years ago
Ice cream banana trees
Great growing and very healthy. Haven't gone through a winter yet, but they arrived in great condition, well bored and protected, and they have grown far beyond expectations.
October 6, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
My First Banana Tree
Purchase plant about 4 weeks ago. Nice healthy plant. Hopefully will yield bananas in a season or two. Using a pot for now since I may bring inside if it gets too cold. Supposedly can withstand some low temps but I don't want to take the risk. Very happy so far.
Well..she's growing. I'm located in SC zone 8. Couldn't be happier so far with the progress.
Well..she's growing. I'm located in SC zone 8. Couldn't be happier so far with the progress.
September 16, 2016
Summerville, SC
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
I have three of these. They arrived healthy and in good condition. One had some slight damage so they sent another one. They really are fast growing plants! I got two of them in late May, and they are already taller than me (it's October of the same year). They did well through this hot, humid Alabama summer.
They seemed to suffer a little during cold weather so I moved them inside for the winter. I have some lamps with grow bulbs for them; those were pretty cheap. These plants might be able to survive winter weather if it does not freeze, but if you want fruit they should not be allowed to go dormant. They grow very tall, so if you live outside the recommended zones, you either need high ceilings, or need to carefully cut the plant one side leaf at a time to fit them inside (do not cut through the middle). I haven't had to do that yet, but when the leaves grow out of the middle they touch the ceiling. They are still growing indoors, just slowed down a little.
It also needs a very large container and lots of soil. When they outgrew my large 20 inch planters, some of the leaves collapsed and they stopped growing, but right after I put them in larger planters with more soil they started growing again. If the lower leaves die off that's ok, that's normal and newer, larger leaves will take their place. I'm having a little bit of difficulty finding planters that will be large enough. These are pretty, healthy plants, but keep in mind that they need plenty of space and they need to be kept warm.
October 18, 2016
Growing Zone:
Tree is not producing yet but it hasn't been long enough
The tree looked like it wouldn't stand when I first planted it but I put some stake in a ways out and used lines to support the tree. Is stands on its own now and the leaves don't produce as fast now but I suspect come summer it will start growing fast.
March 6, 2016
Villa Park, CA
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
So far so good...
My tree arrived in really good condition. The leaves were nice and green, nothing was bent or broken, and the soil was still nice and damp. It's been in the ground a week now, and there is a nice new leaf popping out already. I'm hoping to dig it up this fall, winter over indoors, and replant in the spring for some bananas next summer (or maybe the one after...?)
July 19, 2016
Dallas, TX
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Great experience
Received my trees healthy and in great condition. Looking forward to many years of enjoyment. They already have a new lead and they have only been in the ground about 2 weeks. Might try the avocado tree next
June 30, 2016
Gilmer, TX
1 year ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Ice Cream Banana Tree

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Ice Cream Banana Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Ice Cream Banana Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Ice Cream Banana Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
To compliment my pond
Gagendeep S on Jan 23, 2017
Christmas presents for my mother and sister
Susan L on Dec 18, 2016
To compliment my pond
Gagendeep S on Jan 23, 2017
I love fruit trees and tropical plants. Living in USDA Zone 9b, the Ice Cream Banana Tree is a perfect choice for my front yard patio.
Wei Hung C on Jan 4, 2017
Christmas presents for my mother and sister
Susan L on Dec 18, 2016
Love this banana, we used to live in Hawaii and this was one of our favorites. The kids LOVE them.
David C on Dec 5, 2016
me like banana!!!
david b on Dec 4, 2016
I did a lot of research on banana trees before purchasing and found this one to be the best and easiest to grow in my area (zone 8).
Christopher R on Nov 10, 2016
Because who doesn't want a banana that tastes like ice cream?!
Amy H on Oct 29, 2016
I like a tall tropical fruit tree.
lillian l on Oct 24, 2016
The banana tree will make an amazing addition to our yard!
Lisa S on Oct 23, 2016
I would love to grow my own bananas
jan s on Oct 20, 2016
Interested to see how well they grow in the Pacific Northwest. We are banana lovers.
Lynn M on Sep 30, 2016
Same good reasons
Isaac E on Sep 22, 2016
I love the look of this tree and the fact that the bananas tast like ice cream says perfect smoothie addition to me.
Dayna on Sep 20, 2016
fast growing plant with fruit[zone 8]
William J on Sep 18, 2016
Banana trees are one of my favorite. this one intrigues me we both like bananas I would like to try this one, just to see if it really taste like ice cream.
Mary P on Sep 7, 2016
Gary F on Sep 3, 2016
Bananas are very healthy and good to have around and the plant looks pretty.
edward s on Aug 30, 2016
Research states this variety is easy to grow and very tasty. Most reviews I have seen are very positive and people are happy with their purchase.
Anthony S on Aug 28, 2016
I want bananas on hand
Ashley H on Jul 16, 2016
To complement our other bananas.
Randy P on Jul 4, 2016
DEAN D on Jul 4, 2016
I like tropical plants that not only serve as beautiful landscaping but as a food source
Jennifer G on Jul 1, 2016
Needed fertilizer for new tree here and I saw these and I bought one for me and one for my buddy.
Margaret B on Jun 28, 2016
I've heard this is the best tasting banana ever, and who can beat the price? Looking forward to tasty fruits this time next year!
Rebecca F on Jun 28, 2016
I have had no luck finding a banana tree that makes fruit at local nurseries and this site was very informative with lots of options.
Laci G on Jun 26, 2016
living at the beach I think these will be an excellent addition to my Sago and other Palms in my, I love bananas and can't wait to try these!
Diane H on Jun 26, 2016
Sweet taste and like the trees
Daniel R on Jun 18, 2016
Good Price Great no shipping charge
Phyllis M on Jun 17, 2016
How cool is it to have fresh bananas from the yard??
Debra D on Jun 15, 2016
to grow something different.
alfonso m on Jun 15, 2016
I really want to grow my own bananas!!
Tina K on Jun 14, 2016
Should grow in my zone outdoors
Sean O on Jun 14, 2016
My grand daughters love bananas and the descriptions and reviews said it's an easy plant to grow. Looking forward to harvesting ice cream off of them.
Dan Z on Jun 14, 2016
Sounds delicious. I know it will grow well here. Improve property value.
Ashley P on Jun 10, 2016
purchased several banana trees in the past from other sites and had bad experiences. I have read great reviews on your company and have also purchased other items in the past from you with great results.
carol ann b on Feb 25, 2016
I love fruit trees and tropical plants. Living in USDA Zone 9b, the Ice Cream Banana Tree is a perfect choice for my front yard patio.
Wei Hung C on Jan 4, 2017
Love this banana, we used to live in Hawaii and this was one of our favorites. The kids LOVE them.
David C on Dec 5, 2016
How can I grow this tree in zone 5? You must put it indoors, so how would I do that with such a huge tree? Do they stay smaller in pots, yet still bear fruit? What size pot is recommended?
Juliette S on Oct 3, 2014
We have a group of bananas just like the picture shows. How long before they are ready to be removed from the tree and ripen?
Patti B on Sep 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You will see them ripen. Look for most of the green to be gone then you can cut them out. Or you can cut them at the growth you want them to be and let them ripen indoors. I hope this helps.
how often can I expect to get a harvest of fruit each yr? how long will a 3 gal size tree take to mature enough to produces fruit?
NoorSani on Jul 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It will bear fruit once a year. A 3 gallon size can take up to 2 years to produce.
Is this self polinating? Will it set fruit/pollinate indoors?
Andrew D on Sep 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is self fertile.
I would have to grow this in a pot. How tall will it get in a 10+ gallon container? And will it produce in a container?
gmanblue on Sep 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Ice Cream Banana tree will most likely get about 8ft tall potted.
Does the banana tree die after bearing fruit ?
yaegs on Sep 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: After fruiting, the pseudo stem dies, but offshoots will normally have developed from the base, so that the plant as a whole is perennial.
What kind of soil? Acidic or alkaline?
barbara m on Mar 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They prefer acidic soil.
Does this banana have seeds. I am told that certain banana varieties have "seeds"?
Renee on Mar 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Actually banana plants are very different. Its pretty much grown from roots not seeds. More like bulbs. Another tree shoots up beside it when the tree has lived its course and wont bare any more fruit. Just like we have different life spans so does a banana tree.
We will be planting this tree in zone 9 but what are the lowest temperatures this tree can tolerate? Tonight we will probably get frost. Low's have reached 32 - 34 degrees on occasion. Will this tree survive these temperatures? Thank you.
Renee O on Feb 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you have frost, I personally would take it inside or you may have frost damage and lose leaves.
Is Ice Cream Banana tree cold hardy and can it be container-planted?
Hisauro G on Oct 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We live in zone 9b in the central valley of California. I have my ice cream banana tree in the ground outside. This poor tree has survived so much at our hands, and yet it survives! It made it through last winter's frosts unprotected and still in its container next to the house. I thought it was dead, but watered it anyway and lo and behold, it survived! I saw a few leaves on it so we planted it. Then a portion of my fence fell on it, crushing it mercilessly, and yet it has come back yet again. I plan to cover it with straw mulch and hope for the best this winter. Fast growing trees have excellent, healthy, and very strong trees. You may wish to plant it in a large container and bring it inside in a harsh winter, but if you have mild winters, it will be very happy outside. If we couldn't kill ours, you probably can't kill yours.
My tree has a pod just like the one in the photo but, the flowers above the pod are not turning into bananas what's the problem ?
yaegs on Aug 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You can see the purple bloom for about two months or so before any signs of bananas emerge. Your tree may need a little more time.
I have a space approx 2'x2', bordered by a pond and a patio. Would this banana be too large for this space? Are the roots very aggressive? Thank you.
Jodogdoc on Aug 20, 2017
How many years does the banana plant live before it has to be cut down? Visiting central american banana farms they appear to cut them down every so often and replant.
Mitch on Jun 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The banana tree has shoots that come from the 'primary plant' that die after they produce bananas. The 'primary plant' will have many shoots, at least two before it matures to fruit. Those shoots can be cut from the primary at the root to place banana trees in different areas and that is how it is replanted.
Live in lower mid-state South Carolina. Only have full sun areas to grow. Is this tree tolerant to ONLY full sun?
A shopper on Aug 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes the Ice Cream Banana Tree is tolerant to full sun.
My ground in Southwest Florida is just sand (beneath the grass). Can I plant it directly in the sand, or would I need to dig a large area and fill it with dirt?
Guest on Jul 5, 2017
I live in Arlington , WA will this grow outside?
Dawn M on Jan 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I live in Key West Fl 33040 so cannot answer your question regarding climate. However I can tell you it is an exceptionally vigorous plant ! Each new tree sprouts four new babies once the original has flowered and produced bananas ! I peel the bananas, dip them in melted chocolate, and the dip them in various kinds of toasted nuts and freeze them ! Grandkids adore them as tasty snacks !
How often should I water?
Wendywoo on May 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in Florida. We do get quite a bit of ran. I haven't had to do to much watering. I would say it is very important to water the first month every couple of days. These plants are mainly made of water so don't think you can over do it. This is just my thoughts and experience.
Does the ice cream banana tree need a pollinator? If so, how far away should they be from each other?
Ingrid S on Aug 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is self-fertile, but will produce a better yield of fruit if it has a mate.
How would this fair in Seattle with long bouts of rain and little sunshine?
Tim S on Jun 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Way to go FGT he's from Seattle and I live in central Texas. See what ya think though. Planted in March 2015. By August it was 15 ft tall and started producing bananas. About 4 rows of bananas had formed when the cold finally got them. Oh yeah, from that first tree, there were at least 8 "babies" . some of the were 10 ft tall by winter and some of them had "babies'. Two or three of the first babies should start producing bananas this month or the next. If you haven't guessed--i LOVE THIS PLANT.
my plant is flowering how long before it gets bananas ?
yaegs on Aug 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It takes about 6 months before you see bananas that you can eat come out from a pod.
Is this (ice cream banana) non gmo?
Norman M on Jan 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Ice Cream Banana is Non-GMO just like everything we sell.
Can they be raised in a large pot?
Rex A on Feb 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can plant it in a container.
Will it grow in zone 6 b?
brian on Dec 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The outdoor growing zone is 8-11. So you would need to bring it indoors in the winter.
when or do you cut the bloom from the banana stock?
Bob G on Oct 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You would cut the bloom off after it produces the fruit.
LARRY J on Sep 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: When you are starting to see a hint of yellow on most of the banana is a good time to harvest. You do not want to wait too long when it is fully yellow as the sweetness of the fruit will attract bugs and rodents.
What's the best time to plant the banana plant?
A shopper on Oct 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Banana Trees love heat. If you don't live in Florida consider the fact that they need 12 hours of sunlight to produce well. Try to plant them right at the beginning of your area's summer.
when can you eat them?
A shopper on Sep 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: When they ripen. They will appear yellow.
ian k on Aug 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: A single ripe banana can be 5 - 9 inches long

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