Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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|Botanical Pronunciation||EN-se-te ven-tri-COH-sum|
|Lore||Although this plant is called a banana and falls into the same family, its fruit is not edible.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Fast growing to 15 to 20 ft. tall.|
|Design Ideas||The overall form of this single fat-trunk Banana actually resembles some long-leaved Palm. A valuable plant for high-density coastal gardens on the lee side of buildings protected from onshore breezes. This plant can reach tree-sized proportions, which may overwhelm smaller sites. It is unmatched for bringing down the scale of multistory walls and even offers a good deal of shade when mature. Best planted as a single specimen for drama or in small groves to create a more lush effect. This is a perfect plant for in between buildings.|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Container, Poolside|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils|
|Watering Needs||Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||This Banana calls for big burly shrubs to keep it in scale with the surroundings. Good with the highly fragrant and large Satinwood (Murraya paniculata) or Jack Fogg Michelia (Michelia x foggii 'Jack Fogg'). Blends well with the similar form of Queen Palm (Arecastrum romanzoffianum), Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) and the strongly vertical Giant Timber Bamboo (Bambusa oldhamii). Increase shading potential by planting with the contrasting blue-green Fern Podocarpus (Podocarpus gracilior)|
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11