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Ensete maurelii 'Red Abyssinian' Banana
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Ships in 6" nursery pot, 18-24 inches in height.

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Ships in 6" nursery pot, 18-24 inches in height.

Ensete maurelii 'Red Abyssinian Banana'- The Ensete maurelii is also called Red Abyssinian Banana. This is a huge ornamental plant with leaves up to 10 feet long. The maurelii is a fantastically colorful plant with red leaf surfaces and red leaf axils. Looks like it has been hand painted. Plant grows to 18 feet in warm climates. In Zone 9 rarely reaches 8 feet. This banana does not produce suckers so it must be grown from seed or by tissue culture. It is very fast growing, but difficult to flower in northern climates. Fruits have very large hard seeds and are inedible. It will grow well in full sun to partial shade. Makes an outstanding focal point in a large container or planted in the ground.

Name Ensete maurelii 'Red Abyssinian' Banana
Common Names False Banana, Wild Banana
Grow Zone 9
Light Conditions Full Shade,Partial Sun/Shade
Water Requirements Regularly
PH Level 5.5-7.0
Minimum Height 10 feet
Maximum Height 15 feet
Growth Habit Fast
Fragrant No
Best Grown In Large container
Scientific Name Ensete maurelii
Class Liliopsida
Family Musaceae
Genus Ensete
Species ventriocosum
Cultivar Red Abyssinian
Salt Tolerance Moderate
Grow Zone 9
Grow Zones
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by Danielle
on 3/21/2011
I planted this banana in May and it was about 2 feet tall...by July, it has almost doubled in size.  Before the winter, this tree was almost 8 feet tall.  My area had pretty severe cold weather, no snow, but icy conditions.  The banana survived the freezing weather, and I did nothing to protect it.  It is already making new leaves and they are just as beautiful as they were when I first planted it last spring!
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