Musa Species, Hairy Banana, Pink Fruiting Banana

Musa velutina

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa (MEW-suh) (Info)
Species: velutina (vel-oo-TEE-nuh) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage



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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Foley, Alabama(2 reports)

Mobile, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama

Sherwood, Arkansas

Fresno, California

Apopka, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Green Cove Springs, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Venice, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Pukalani, Hawaii

Bishopville, Maryland

Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Cary, North Carolina

Clemmons, North Carolina

Henderson, North Carolina

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina(3 reports)

Stilwell, Oklahoma

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Charleston, South Carolina

Clemson, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Cedar Park, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Houston, Texas

Killeen, Texas

Liberty, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Nacogdoches, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Waverly, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 9, 2018, Tidewatergarden from Waverly, VA wrote:

Beautiful, neon pink bananas and a shrub-statured plant. Made it through -11 Fahrenheit in the freakishly cold winter we had last year in zone 7b SE Virginia. Had an 8-inch thick layer of mulch.


On May 13, 2018, SunIsShining from Kula, HI wrote:

We live at 4000 feet on the side of Haleakala on Maui and this was growing already when we moved into our house. It is prolific with no special care at all. The fruits have never ripened enough to be edible (maybe technically but not functionally, too astringent), I am wondering if anyone can tell me if the flowers are edible. Thank you!


On Aug 22, 2016, MollyBlooms from Grosse Pointe Farms, MI wrote:

Lovely plant and easy to grow, although germinating the seeds was a bit of a challenge. Two seeds germinated out of 10, but once they did, it was full steam ahead. Now in their fourth year, the plants are about 5' tall and have several trunks each. This being Zone 6, I keep them in tubs (they go well with trailing coleus) and bring them indoors each winter.

This year the plants fruited for the first time and I am trying to save seed, but I suspect I haven't let the fruits ripen enough. I tasted one of the fruits and it was very tough and astringent, not at all sweet. I'm wondering if I can just pry the seeds out and let them dry, or if I have to go through a process similar to saving tomato seeds (ferment seeds and pulp, pour off mold, rinse and dry).


On Jun 17, 2010, PammiePi from Green Cove Springs, FL wrote:

I bought this interesting banana plant from a nursery 12 years ago and planted it in my ginger "garden" near a natural spring in my lower backyard. The banana did great & has spread. I now have about 4 - 5 clumps that come back year after year. They fruit in mid-late summer, producing small, pink bananas. The fruit is sweet, but quite full of seeds. Adds a wonderful tropical touch. Easy to grow but likes moist areas. Freeze back in the winter during hard-freezes but will come right back when the weather warms up. Will grow in part to filtered sunlight. My plants get mid-afternoon sun, the rest of the day they get filtered sunlight.


On Oct 2, 2009, mswestover from Yulee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grows easily from seed, takes a while to germinate. Forms a clump that comes back each year. Lots of water.


On Mar 27, 2009, austinl01 from Sherwood, AR wrote:

Musa velutina is very cold hardy to zone 7b with some mulch. The pink, fuzzy bananas are an awesome addition to the landscape. Grow it as you would musa basjoo.


On Sep 8, 2007, Elphaba from Rockport, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I started growing this banana from seed 18 months ago and it is now blooming. I had 12 seeds; 5 germinated; the dogs killed one, and the other four are big and gorgeous. I am pretty horrible at growing things from seed, so this plant is obviously easy to grow. This has also been a really wet summer (42" in last 3 1/2 mo.) so that undoubtedly helped.


On May 22, 2007, branded from Nacogdoches, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

These things grow very well in East Texas, however, they do require large amounts of water in the summer heat. I'm in region 8a, and the plants regrow each year from the root stock. I try to cut them before the first frost. They make attractive flowers, and I get small bananas each year, about 3-4" long. They aren't edible at that stage.

I live in the country, so I separated my gray water (showers, sinks, washer) and these guys absolutely thrive with the large amount of daily watering they receive. They turn dark green, adding to the sub tropical look that I love!

Thrive like crazy around water, but will not spread to dry areas at all.

Two thumbs up!!


On Mar 2, 2005, clantonnaomi from Iredell, TX wrote:

This is a beautiful plant. Do you have a mail order source for it? I live in central Texas and would love to have one.


On Feb 3, 2004, jemi wrote:

its very beuatiful, i had one at my home.


On Aug 30, 2003, jrozier from Edgefield, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is my favorite plant. It blooms nicely, the fruit is ornamental, and growing from seed is easy. It returns and blooms even after hard freezes.