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Cold-hardy Bananas

Bananas can add a tropical look to any garden, even those in North Florida. The key is to look for cold-hardy varieties.

The cultivar 'Dwarf Cavendish' is widely available and can be grown throughout Florida. It can produce tasty fruit if it doesn't freeze back in the winter. Pink velvet banana produces fruits that have a bright pink outer peel. The most cold-hardy option is the Japanese fiber banana, which can survive in areas that receive sub-zero temperatures.

If temperatures drop below freezing, all of these plants will turn brown. However, they typically come back in the spring. Keep in mind that many of these are ornamental bananas, and aren't good for eating.

And although not technically bananas, musella and ensete both look like bananas and can take the cold.

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