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Products > Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' - Red Banana

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tropical
Family: Musaceae (Bananas)
Origin: Ethiopia (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 15-20 feet
Width: 10-15 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' (Red Banana) - Ensete is native to Ethiopia and has long been a popular choice for creating tropical effects in ornamental plantings. The wine-red coloring of the top of the large, 10 to 12 foot long leaves and leaf stems combined with the 12 to 15 foot tall pseudo-trunk make this large tropical unique. A very valuable plant for high-density coastal gardens to separate houses that may be just a few feet apart. Plant in full sun to part shade in a wind-sheltered area such as courtyards, walled entry gardens, atriums and sheltered slots between buildings that it won't outgrow. Provide plenty of water throughout the growing season. In colder climates, it can be planted in large pots and sheltered indoors for the winter. It is cold hardy to about 25 F without damage. The genus has been named in honor of J. Maurel who first drew the attention of the French authorities in Ethiopia to the red-leaved "bananas" of that place. It has been noted that cultivation conditions can have quite profound effects on plant color and morphology. Our mother plants were originally from tissue culture. We discontinued actively growing this tropical plant in 2007 because it did not fit into our main product mix of sustainable plants for mediterranean climates.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'.