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Red Leaved Banana

Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'

A stunning palm-like plant with huge, broad leaves that fan out from a single trunk. Bold-colored foliage has wine-red and bronze tones with prominent venation. A popular choice for tropical-inspired gardens. Perfect for large patio containers. Evergreen in frost-free climates.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical PronunciationEN-se-te ven-tri-COH-sum
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 12 to 15 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage; blooms will appear on mature plants.
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorBurgundy
Garden StyleTropical
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Mass Planting, Poolside, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsBougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Fatsia (Fatsia); Plumbago (Plumbago); Hibiscus (Hibiscus)

Provide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Water regularly during growing season to maintain evenly moist soil; once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer when new growth begins in spring. Shelter from harsh winds and frost.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11

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