Cold Hardy Banana

Zone: 5 to 9

Part Sun

Bloom Time: Summer

Height: 6′ to 14′

The hardy banana is considered winter hardy to zone 5 if well-mulched. Although it produces cream to yellow flowers in the summer, followed by inedible fruit, it is mostly grown for its large, tropical looking leaves.

In colder zones, it is a perennial that will die down to the ground in the winter.

It should be planted in a location that is protected from the wind, since the large leaves are susceptible to wind damage.

This post was originally published on June 21, 2020 but was updated with new content on June 18, 2022.