Tropical Looking plants
Beach Happy

Jonesborough, TN

#1 Mar 17, 2013
What are some tropical-looking plants that will survive in this planting zone? I have seen some banana trees locally and assume they are for looks, but don't have time to produce fruit? I am looking for a variety to keep my backyard looking tropical this summer. I would like the plants to be permanent because I don't have inside space to winter them over. I am hoping some local plant enthusiasts will have some suggestions.

“I've Always Been This Stupid”

Since: May 12

Greeneville TN

#2 Mar 17, 2013
You are correct on the bananas. They grow well here but do not have enough warms to produce fruit. But they will get quite large (seen them upwards of 8'). A yucca resembles a sago palm and has a tropical look to it. They are quite hardy and can be cut and transplanted into many more plants. Thy will send up a white flowering shoot in the summer that can reach 10' tall. They might give you some nice tropical background foliage to work with but they aren't really a center piece kind of plant. Hope this helps.
Beach Happy

Jonesborough, TN

#3 Mar 17, 2013
Pretend 2 B Normal wrote:
You are correct on the bananas. They grow well here but do not have enough warms to produce fruit. But they will get quite large (seen them upwards of 8'). A yucca resembles a sago palm and has a tropical look to it. They are quite hardy and can be cut and transplanted into many more plants. Thy will send up a white flowering shoot in the summer that can reach 10' tall. They might give you some nice tropical background foliage to work with but they aren't really a center piece kind of plant. Hope this helps.
Thanks for your suggestions. I will start with these two plants and work from there.

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