Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors(hardy down to 20℉) 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-15 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 8-10 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Botanical Name:
- Musa 'Ice Cream'
- Does Not Ship To:
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 & Photos
Awesome tree that’s fun to watch grow!
My ice cream banana tree arrived a little stressed from shipping. I was a little worried at first and reached out to Fast Growing Trees. They offered me some advice and after a little water, sunshine, and pruning, the tree quickly revived itself. Within just a few weeks of its arrival, it had its third new leaf since receving it. Now, it is on its fourth leaf. I’m looking forward to watching this plant continue to grow and I’m considering buying more!
They don't call them Ice cream bananas just for the taste, they can take the cold!
My banana pups arrived in excellent condition. They took off right away and I didn't experience any problems. The first summer they reached a height of over eight feet and pups began growing also. During the winter months the leaves and the trunk turned brown like I expected. That spring I made the biggest mistake, I cut the plants down to wait on the new season's pups. Fast forward to this spring, my plants went through the same change as the previous year. However, much to my surprise when the weather heated up the pups and the larger plants that I thought were dead, began sprouting new leaves. I'm in zone 8 and we experienced below freezing temperatures and they took it like a champ. I think the leaves help to insulate the trunk during the cold season. Do not let brown leaves and a brown trunk discourage you, these trees are cold tolerant. This year I'm looking forward to more growth and maybe some fruit.
Started with two little leaves in august. Now in october about 2-3ft. Cant wait for bananas! Love fast growing trees
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.
Planting & Care
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.
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.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|