This is a list of the 10 most hardy bananas, with the USDA zones where they can spend all year outside and the minimum temperature they can survive.
Please note that the cold resistance depends not only on the minimum temperature but also on other factors such as humidity: generally speaking, the more humidity, the less cold tolerant.
In addition there is a big difference between young bananas and mature, well established bananas: a bigger and better rooted specimen resists lower temperatures. In some cases, it’s better to overwinter young palms inside during the early years or provide winter protection: a thick layer of mulch, packing of the plant, underground heat cables…
Your success will depend on several factors, including soil drainage, soil type, whether the palm is exposed to wind or wind protected…
- Musa cheesmanii
- Musa sikkimensis
- Musa basjoo ‘Sakhalin’
- Ensete glaucum
- Musa basjoo
- Musa velutina
- Musella lasiocarpa
- Musa itinerans
- Musa laterita
- Musa balbisiana ‘Black Thai’
Here you will find the hardiness ranking of all the bananas that are discussed in this blog, with USDA zones and minimum temperature: Hardiness table for bananas.