Cold Hardy Musa Bordelon Banana Tree

Product Description

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The ornamental Musa Bordelon Banana tree embodies the true look and feel of the tropics.

Its large ornamental foliage has maroon splotches on the upper surface and even more maroon on the undersides. The maroon contrasts the lush green outer edges nicely. The plant produces flowers and produces fruit that is inedible and seeded. Not only is it attractive looking, it is perfect for birds and other wildlife to snack on though!

Discovered in the Louisiana town of Bordelonville, this cultivar slightly resembles Musa Acuminata aka Zebrina the blood banana in its fruit.

Musa Banana Plant Care

The Bordelon banana tree is cold hardy down to and will bloom beautiful pink flowers in the summertime consequently attracting hummingbirds and other wildlife. This ornamental banana plant grows best in the southern United States in USDA hardiness zones 8-11.

The Musa tree will grow to be 12 to 15 feet tall in maturity and around 2 to 3 feet wide. This banana tree does best in full sun to part shade and prefers well-drained soil to prevent root rot. Grows taller in full sun. Learn how to prune a banana tree in this blog.

This tropical plant requires lots of water to thrive. Watering requirements includes every 2-4 days especially when it is a young plant. Mulching heavily with organic matter will help retain moisture while the young plant grows.

Musa bananas are easy to care for and relatively free of pests and diseases. If you live in an area with colder winters, you can plant this banana plant in a container. Indoor bananas have different watering schedules but it is doable!

*Does not produce edible bananas*

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Check out the Ornamental Banana Grow Guide and Growing Fruit Trees in Containers for more information on planting and growing bananas.


Botanical Name

Musa 'Bordelon'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color Purple, pink
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 12-15 ft
Mature Width 2-3 ft
Growing Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Ornamental tree
  • Provides tropical feel
  • Fast growing
  • Attractive foliage

Shipping Info

Once your Cold Hardy Musa Bordelon Banana Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

shipping matrix 2-16


Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Mike Thornton

    I just got my trees today and they are about 2.5ft tall and look great. They are going in large planters around my pool for the summer time. I would recommend to others.

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  2. Rose S.

    Got the tree today. Mine was about 3ft tall with all new purple-ish leafs. I am very happy and will be placing the tree in an container on patio.

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