Dreaming of tropical lushness, reminiscent of that last Hawaiian vacation? Here's your chance to grow your own giant, broad leafed beauty that takes off in warm condition to grow feet - not inches - in a single season, eventually forming a multi stemmed clump. The tropical Red Abyssinian banana develops huge leaves with rich red to purple coloration. Ideal for gardens in warm areas and outdoors in containers in cold areas, with overwintering in an atrium, greenhouse or sunroom as a year round show piece. Or pull into a partially heated garage for the winter and let it slip into dormancy for a few months. Happiest with an abundance of sunlight, water and some early season fertilizer.
Red leaf banana, Red banana, Abyssinian banana, Ethiopian bananaBotanical Name:
Ensete ventricosum MaureliiExposure:
Zones 5-10, protect with mulch in colder zonesHeight:
6-12 feet in a pot, up to 18 feet when planted in the groundColor:
Huge tropical leaves with red, burgundy or purple shadingBloom Season:
Rooted Plant in potNumber:
1 potted plant