Japanese Fiber Banana

Musa Basjoo

Musa Basjoo is an incredibly hardy banana and is an excellent plant for adding that instant tropical splash to a yard. Musa Basjoo, aka the Japanese Fiber Banana, can be grown in all 50 states, withstanding temperatures down to 20 below F.

They'll also multiply (or pup) regularly, which gives you even more Basjoo to spread around. In zones above 7 the basjoo may die back to the ground each winter. But warmer zones 7-9 will typically see much of the pseudo-stem survive the winter above ground.

Musa Basjoo in Columbia, SC

Musa Basjoo in Columbia, SC

Hardiness Zones

USDA Zone 5b: to -15 °F

USDA Zone 6a: to -10 °F

USDA Zone 6b: to -5 °F

USDA Zone 7a: to 0 °F

USDA Zone 7b: to 5 °F

USDA Zone 8a: to 10 °F

USDA Zone 8b: to 15 °F

USDA Zone 9a: to 20 °F

USDA Zone 9b: to 25 °F

USDA Zone 5a: to -20 °F

Plant Height

Height 8-10 ft.

Height 10-12 ft.

Height 12-15 ft.

Light Exposure

Light - 10% to 40% Shade

Light - Full Sun

Growth Rate

Rate - Very Fast

Rate - Fast

Published/Updated on: 06-02-2019