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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.



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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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Grows fast!
Started with two little leaves in august. Now in october about 2-3ft. Cant wait for bananas! Love fast growing trees
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October 6, 2017
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The plant is nice but in my area in NY It's cold and it is growing slowly but surely hope by next spring I would have bananas
January 21, 2017
over 3 years ago
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The banana tree is growing vigorously while the temperature is above freezing
November 14, 2016
over 2 years ago
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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
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Love my banana tree
Keeping it in a pot for the first winter then planting in the spring
It has doubled in size in only 3 months. I love it !
I put it in a pot for this winter,planting it in the spring to make sure it survives the first year
October 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
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
over 2 years ago
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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
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Beautiful strong plant , ONLY had less than two weeks.
Great packaging and arrive well and thriving beautifully.
July 25, 2016
Kingsbury, TX
over 2 years ago
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Arrived healthy and happy, planted and still looks healthy and happy, must keep water or starts looking sad
July 24, 2016
Alvin, TX
over 2 years ago
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Amazing Tree!
In the first week it already grew two new leaves. I can tell this tree is going to grow fast.
July 19, 2016
27410, NC
over 2 years ago
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Planting & Care

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

Ice Cream Banana Tree Planting Diretions

True to its name, the Ice Cream banana tree (Musa ‘Ice Cream’) delivers sweet, vanilla flavor in the shape of a blue banana. Growing outdoors in zones 8-11, this tree can tolerate cold temperatures down to 20 degrees, but can also be placed in a container and brought indoors for the winter months. In warm climates the tree can reach up to 15+ feet tall and up to 10 feet wide with its large leaves that can be used for wrapping food to cook on the grill. A sight to behold, this tree is is an awesome addition to your landscape.

Location: When deciding where to plant your banana tree keep in mind that they prefer full sunlight. They can tolerate partial shade, but need at least six hours of sunlight a day. Banana trees don’t like extreme heat, so afternoon shade will be more beneficial for your tree than morning shade. Avoid areas that receive high winds. Heavy winds can cause the leaves to rip. If kept indoors place your banana tree by a large sunny window.

Planting Instructions:
1) Once you’ve scouted your planting location, dig a hole that’s twice as wide as the pot and just as deep.
2) Take a pitchfork or shovel and loosen the soil around the sides of the hole. Remove any debris, like dirt clumps, grass, or rocks.
3) Remove the plastic container from your tree’s roots and gently comb though the roots to help free them up a bit.
4) Place your tree in the hole, and make sure that it’s level with the surrounding ground and that it’s standing straight up.
5) Gently back fill the hole, tamping down to prevent air pockets and give your tree a long, slow drink of water.
6) Mulch the planting site to conserve water moisture and keep grass and weeds away from the tree.

Watering: Banana trees like water, they’re generally pretty thirsty. However, they don’t do well in standing water or areas that are prone to flooding. Be careful not to over water your tree. Keep your soil moist, but not over saturated. Water your tree every 2 to 3 days during the summer, and every few weeks in the winter, depending on your climate. Warmer areas that are more prone to drought will require water more frequently. If your tree is in a shady area it will most likely require less water.

Fertilizer: Banana trees are often as hungry as they are thirsty. Give your tree a well-balanced organic fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Fertilizer will have a recommended dose for the size of your tree on the back of the package. We recommend giving your tree half of that dose to avoid root burn. Once your tree flowers switch to an organic fertilizer that’s low in nitrogen. If a banana leaf drops, leave it. Banana leaves provide excellent natural resources as they decompose.

Weed Control: Keep weeds at bay by placing a three inch layer of mulch around the base of your tree. This will prevent weeds from growing around your tree and stealing nutrients from the roots. Mulch will also help your soil retain moisture.

Pruning: Remove any damaged or broken leaves that hang downwards. After your tree produces fruit trim it back to about 30 inches tall, and let the stem dry out for a week or two. Once the stem has dried, remove it. This will allow new banana tree stalks to grow. Once a stem fruits, it won’t produce again.

Pests and Diseases: If your banana tree has a pest, they’ll be visible. Keep an eye on your tree and look for small black bugs, aphids, or webs on the leaves for spider mites. If your tree has pests simply spray it with an organic pesticide. If the leaves are discolored with spots or streaks or your fruit starts turning brown before it’s mature remove the infected items and spray your tree with an organic fungicide. Bugs, molds, and fungi are extremely easy to treat on Banana trees.

Pollination: Banana trees are self-fertile and actually produce fruit without pollen. The flower grows and sets fruit all on its own.

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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: Above answer is good, but for novices, it can be very difficult to properly time harvesting the bananas. Too early, and they either will not ripen. or will not give good fruit, ask me how I know..... I now have found what I think is the best way. I wait until a few of the bananas just barely start to turn yellow, this has worked flawlessly for me. Also, I often do not harvest the entire stalk, which I have had stalks that weighed 65 lbs and up. I often just harvest a few hands at a time as they are ready. The entire stalk does not ripen at the exact same time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
when will it start growing after pruning back to the ground in the winter?
Hannah B on Feb 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have had mine tree for several years. We get cold weather in central Mississippi and it gets stunted and comes back each spring. You may have issues with it bearing fruit but it will come back.
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.
What's growing zone 6 mean? Can I grow outdoors year round?? Can I plant in ground in my growing zone?
Steve R on Aug 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Zone 8-11 only for outdoors. Its only hardy to 20° so zone 6 would be risky to plant outdoors. I keep mine indoors year round in a bright window, it does great.
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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