Japanese hardy banana
Japanese Hardy Banana
This is not a palm. Bananas are a monocotyledonous family of plants (Musaceae), that are closer to the grasses and have nothing to do with palms. From a botanical point of view, these are giant grasses. They develop a strong underground root mass called rhizome.
Musa basjoo is world famous as the cold hardiest banana. Like any other banana, its leaves will die off at temperatures below -2°C and trunks are damaged at temperatures below -7 to -8°C. But rhizome successfully overwinters in the ground and starts a new clump next spring. According to our experience, with an elementary and simple protection the rhizome will survive an air temperature below -25°C and start a new plant in early April.
Bananas grow very fast. Even after complete freezing of the green parts, in just a single growing season it will re-grow as a small banana forest with 3 to 5 meters of height. Of course, under the bananas the shade is thick.
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USDA zone:-18°C (zone 7a)
Sun exposure:Sun or shade
Soil pH+:not important
In Open Ground:With protection