This hardy species, Japanese Banana has been grown for fiber for hundreds of years in Japan. Growing 10 ft. or more in height, Japanese Banana features huge fronds, which can be used to prepare Mexican and Asian dishes. Does not produce edible fruit.
Latin Name: Musa basjoo
Site and Soil: Banana likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Hardiness: Banana can be grown where temperatures fall to minus 20°F. Mulch heavily with straw or similar material in cold regions.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height.
Fruit: Does not produce edible fruit. Fronds can be used for culinary purposes.
Pests & Diseases: Banana is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 5 (w/protection)