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Red Abyssinian Banana Ensete maurelii

Red Abyssinian Banana Ensete maurelii

Please note - All aquatic plants ship bare - root.

Huge Banana like Foliage with striking red and burgundy highlights.

Heat tolerant

Foliage Interest

Deadheading not necessary

Water Plant


Plant Type:  Annual / Move in for the winter

Height Category:  Tall

Garden Height:  9’-12’ Tall

Spread:  6’-10’ Wide

Foliage Colors:  Red Burgundy Green

Foliage Shade:  Red Burgundy Green

Habit:  Upright


Light Requirement:  Full Sun to part shade

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Maintenance Category:  Easy

Bloom Time:  Rarely flowers

Hardiness Zones: 10-11

Water Category:  Keep soil consistently moist but not waterlogged

Soil Fertility Requirement:  Average Soil

Uses:  Container, Annual in the pond and landscape 

Uses:  Specimen or Focal Point

Uses Notes:  Use as a centerpiece in ponds, large landscape beds or containers. This plant can be moved in for the cold months when in a container but does not transplant well. 

Maintenance Notes:  Red Abyssinian Banana is not hardy enough to survive winters with freezing temperatures but if in a container will overwinter inside. It is a very fast grower and will quickly grow to impressive size with regular fertilizer every 2-3 weeks throughout the growing season. They can be planted in pots, bare root along the waters edge of a pond, or even in a pond. The crown of the plant should never be covered by water but can thrive in water as shallow as a few inches. The purpose is to keep the bulk of the soil or root mass wet.

The root ball can be submerged but it isn't necessary. Red Abyssinian Banana will also do well when planted in normal garden beds with regular watering and fertilizing.

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