Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'

Also known as:

  • Maurelii Red Abyssinian Banana
  • Abyssinian Banana
  • Abyssinian Ornamental Red Banana
  • Maurelii Ethiopian Banana

Plant Type

perennial, bulb / corm / tuber

Zones

9a-10b

Size

H:10'-20'
W:5'-10'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

even moisture, high, regular

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Special Situation:

verticillium wilt resistant

Features

Foliage Color:

green, burgundy

Foliage Season:

evergreen

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts

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6350 North Preston Hwy Louisville, Kentucky

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Debary, Florida

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Mediterranean climate, southern hemisphere, hardy tropical plants, and more.

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Monmouth, Oregon

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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Avant Gardens

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts

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Brian's Botanicals

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6350 North Preston Hwy Louisville, Kentucky

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Florida Hill Nursery

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Debary, Florida

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Portland, Oregon

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Mediterranean climate, southern hemisphere, hardy tropical plants, and more.

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Monmouth, Oregon

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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Florida Hill Nursery

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Debary, Florida

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We have long been amazed at this superb ornamental banana from the high mountains of East Africa. Growing to only 10' tall in temperate climates (20' tall in tropical areas), Ensete maurelii makes a superb ornamental for the summer border. Each leaf can reach gigantic proportions of 10' long. The most ornamental characteristic is that the foliage is flushed with burgundy, especially concentrated as the new growth emerges. The higher the light levels, the stronger the coloration. We have also seen this used in large summer containers with great effect. All ensetes are non-offsetting monocarpic plants...they die after they flower. If you've ever seen the magnificent flower, it's well worth the loss.

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The Ensete maurelii is also called Red Abyssinian Banana. This is a huge ornamental plant with leaves up to 10 feet long. The maurelii is a fantastically colorful plant with red leaf surfaces and red leaf axils. Plant grows to 15 feet. This banana does not produce suckers and is very fast growing. It will grow well in full sun to partial shade. Makes an outstanding focal point in a large container or planted in the ground. The Ensete maurelii brings the tropical look to any garden setting. Great wind resistant. All around favorite variety.

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This bold giant banana relative has six to eight foot long paddle-like green leaves infused with rich burgundy red at least along the edges but in good specimens in full sun throughout the foliage. Use in a large container or plant out each year for a dramatic display. NOT HARDY. Maintain above five degrees Celsius as a house plant, in the basement or in a greenhouse. Totally worth it if you love tropical drama.

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Description by: Brian's Botanicals

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Louisville, Kentucky

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Ensete Maurellii is a huge banana cousin. This odd group of plants grow very similar to bananas with large leaves and big trunks. Ensetes rarely sucker, they put all of there energy into producing a large plant. This is a dramatic display plants that can reach 10 to 20 feet tall with trunks 2 to 3 feet thick at the base. The flowers are giant star patterned flowers that are over 1 foot across. This plant is a great center piece in any tropical display. It grows fast huge and has great color. Foliage: Red and green Flowers: Large star shaped Height: 15+ feet tall

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RED ABYSSINIAN BANANA - ETHIOPIAN BANANA - An ornamental banana with paddle shaped leaves up to 10' long at maturity. A non suckering type, hardy zone 8-10, native to East Africa. Likes sun to part shade. Burgundy red leaves and stems. Fast growing. Blooms white. A great choice for a real topical look.

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This red leaved banana is a stunning, though non-permanent, addition to your garden. Its huge translucent leaves catch the light. Grows 10-15 ft in a season. Sun, water and food make it happy. Overwinter indoors or treat as a temporary addition to your garden ... as it's only hardy into the mid twenties for brief periods. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 9.

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Red Abysinnian Banana. A big and beautiful banana with brush strokes of red stripes on the large green leaves that can grow to 10' long and 1 1/2' wide. These bold leaves are accented by red leaf axils. Plant grows to 20' in warm climates and can make a stunning container specimen for the conservatory in colder climates.

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Much coveted for its fantastic red-tinged paddle shaped leaves and dark wine red stalks. Tender perennial 8' tall x 5' wide.

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