Hardy Banana Trees

If you ask people to name tropical plants, banana trees would be near the top of the list. However, there are hardy banana trees that can grow in cooler zones than usual. While the leaves will be damaged or destroyed by freezing weather, the roots will survive and grow new shoots the following spring. Here are some of the common hardy banana trees available.

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    Chinese Dwarf Banana

    Plants and flowers of Singapore

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    Latin Name: Musella lasiocarpa

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    The bright yellow flower of this hardy banana tree usually appears in the second year and grows directly on top of the "trunk" (stem) leading to small, inedible fruits.

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    Darjeeling Banana

    Latin Name: Musa sikkimensis, Musa hookeri

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    The fruit is edible and sweet with hard pulp and several seeds.

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    Japanese Banana

    Musa basjoo is the most common hardy banana for sale.

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    Latin Name: Musa basjoo

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    The creamy yellow flowers lead to small, inedible bananas.

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    Snow Banana

    Latin Name: Ensete glaucum

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    White flowers turn into 5-inch long fruits, full of large seeds.

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    Velvet Banana

    Latin Name: Musa velutina

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    The flowers of this hardy banana are white and are followed by small, hairy, pink bananas. They are edible and sweet, though full of seeds.