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Red Leaved Banana

Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'

Pronunciation: EN-se-te ven-tri-COH-sum
SKU #06200
10-11

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OVERVIEW
Description 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.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
Blooms Prized for foliage
Mature Size Quickly reaches 12 to 15 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Semi-Evergreen
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fast Growing
Growth Rate Fast
Growth Habit Upright
STYLE
Landscape Use Container, Poolside
Design Ideas This 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.
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Burgundy
Companion Plants Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Fatsia (Fatsia); Plumbago (Plumbago); Hibiscus (Hibiscus)
CARE
Care 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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