Need Advice on Bananas and Palms in KC
I am wanting to plant some Musa Basjoo by the middle of August. Do you think this would be a wise choice in Kansas City? We are in zone6, but most of our winters are more typical of zone 7b. Once every 3 or 4 years we may dip below the 0 degree mark. But we always have some mild days of 60+ and a lot of 40's and 50's. Our deep freezes can last sometimes up to 10 before above freezing temps return. We average 19 inches of snow each season, last year was only 13. I don't believe I would have to mulch a MUSA Basjoo since they are supposed to be root hardy to -20. DO you guys think a Trachycarpus Takil, Sabal Minor, or a Sabal Birmingham could survive without being covered after a couple of years of winter protection?
BTW, Spring starts here at around March 7th, but some flowers bloom in Feb.