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Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' | Red Abyssinian banana 110-130cmPalm - 40lt

Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' | Red Abyssinian banana 110-130cmPalm - 40lt

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Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii', also known as Red Abyssinian Banana or Ethiopian Banana, is a stunning perennial garden plant with large, showy leaves that add a tropical touch to any outdoor space. Native to Ethiopia, this plant is characterized by its vibrant reddish-purple leaves and a thick, succulent-like stem that can reach up to 2 meters in height.

This plant is a fast-growing and highly ornamental variety of the Ensete ventricosum species, which is typically grown for its edible bananas. However, Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' is grown mainly for its striking foliage, making it an ideal choice for adding visual interest to outdoor gardens and patios.

The large, broad leaves of this banana plant measure around 2 meters in length and are deeply veined with a waxy shine. The leaves grow in a dense, upright, and symmetrical rosette form, creating an impressive focal point in any garden space. The vibrant red leaves appear in early spring and can last until late autumn, making it a year-round favourite.

Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' thrives in full sun or partial shade, and is best grown in fertile, well-drained soils with plenty of organic matter. Watering should be done regularly during the growing season and reduced in winter months to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. The plant is not frost-tolerant, so it should be protected from cold winter temperatures.

This plant can be propagated by rhizome division or from seed, and it is easy to grow when given the right conditions. It's also relatively low maintenance and is typically free of pest and disease problems.

In conclusion, Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' is a beautiful and impressive ornamental plant that adds unique tropical flair to any garden setting. Its stunning foliage, easy-care nature, and year-round beauty make it a popular choice for avid gardeners.
  • Common Name

    Abyssinian banana, Red-leafed Banana.

  • Family


  • Type

    Evergreen Trees

  • Pot Size


  • Native To


  • Flower

    Bold, Red, Tropical, Architectural, Striking

  • Foliage

    Bold, Reddish-purple, Tropical, Broad, Striking

  • Maturation period

    2 to 3 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

2 meters

Mature Width

4 meters.

Shape / habit

Preferred Location


Full sun to partial shade tolarates partial shade

Soil Type

Rich, well-draining, fertile soil

Soil moisture

Moist, but well-drained soil preferred

Growing Period






No Fruit

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    We will deliver your tree and plant it for you. Or 10 trees or a 100.

Arundel Arboretum is a shrub and tree retail nursery with over 40 years of experience.

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During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

What you will not find is hot tubs, garden furniture and plastic garden gnomes. In a nutshell, trees is what we know and trees is what we do, and only trees (and some shrubs to go with the trees).

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