Red Leaved Banana
Red Leaved Banana
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'Item #6200 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
A stunning palm-like plant with huge, broad foliage that fans out from a single trunk. Wine-red coloring to the leaves. A popular choice for tropical-inspired gardens. Perfect for large patio containers. Evergreen in frost-free climates.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Requires regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Quickly reaches 12 to 15 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:EN-se-te ven-tri-COH-sumPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 12 to 15 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide.Foliage color:BurgundyBlooms:Flowers appear only at full maturity.Flower color:WhiteGarden styleTropicalDesign IdeasThis potent bronze-colored, fat-trunk Banana is very bold in the garden and used only as a single accent. Overdo it and you lose its dramatic form and impact. A very valuable plant for high-density coastal gardens to separate houses that may be just a few feet apart. Ideal for courtyards where they won't overgrow. With its single trunk, it is perfect for big exotic pots decorated with a South Pacific theme. In colder climates, it can be planted in large pots and sheltered indoors for the winter. Best in very sheltered locations such as courtyards, walled entry gardens, atriums and sheltered slots between buildings.Companion PlantsBougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Fatsia (Fatsia); Plumbago (Plumbago); Hibiscus (Hibiscus)
- CareCare InformationProvide enriched, well-draining soil with ample organic matter. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer when new growth begins in spring. Shelter from harsh winds and frost.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Requires regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.