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Banana plants for zone 7a Maryland?

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I have several Musa Basjoo banana plants (along with several of the cold hardier palm tree varieties) already planted around my pool.  I am looking for some other ornamental banana plans that I could overwinter in the ground with just large leaf pile coverage in zone 7a (north of Wash DC).  I have seen more and less optimistic claims on line about several Musa varieties with M. Sikkimensis and M. Mekong Giant seeming to be the more hardy, and very conflicting claims about ensete glaucum (snow banana).  Has anyone grown bananas other than M. Basjoo in this (or colder) region with overwintering in the ground?  (I'm also looking for other large leaf tropical looking plants that can overwinter in the ground.  I am trying for the first time Colocasia, Pink China.) 


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Chester B

I have sikkamensis in 8b and it’s not nearly as hardy or robust as basjoo. First winter it froze to the ground and didn’t make an appearance until sometime in June and only grew a couple feet tall. This year the basjoo have all made it through winter without losing any trunks but the sikkamensis froze to the ground again. I may move it to a spot that is full blazing sun all day to see if that makes a difference. 

Pink china are supposed to be very hardy, even down to zone 6 I hear. The good thing is they multiply pretty quick so one becomes many fast. 

I don’t think any Ensete have a chance in your climate. 

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