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Ensete 'Ethiopian Black Banana'

Ensete ventricosum | Ensete ‘Maurelii’, Ensete 'Rubrum', Abyssinian Banana

Tender Perennial

What is Tender Perennial?

Adds tropical drama to the patio

Enormous leaves with red tints

Astonishing growth rate

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Add some tropical drama to your patio with this striking Ensete ‘Ethiopian Black Banana’. This tender banana has an astonishing growth rate and with regular feeding and watering it will rapidly become a spectacular focal point. A thick, leafy trunk rises into giant, sail-like leaves, burnished red and sporting dark red midribs. Surround it with exotic bedding plants in hot, tropical colours and channel a jungle vibe! RHS Award of Garden Merit. Height: 5m (16.4ft). Spread: 4m (13ft).

Height Up to 5m (16.4ft)
Spread Up to 4m (13ft)

Tender Perennial

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2 x 10.5cm potted plants (KF5406)
1 x 10.5cm Potted Plant (KF5405)

Grow Ensete in any moist, fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, with shelter from strong winds. Although it can be grown in a border, this tender banana is best grown in a large pot that can be moved into a cool conservatory or glasshouse over winter.

Feed weekly and water regularly throughout the growing season in spring and summer. Before the first frosts, cut back the top growth leaving 2 or 3 of the newest leaves. Lift specimens planted in the border, reducing the size of the root ball and potting up into a container just big enough to accommodate the roots. Pot up with freely draining compost that is barely moist. Reduce watering of container grown plants ready for moving.

Move the Ensete to a cool conservatory or greenhouse, out of direct sun, maintaining a minimum temperature of 5C (41F). Allow the plant to remain dormant and do not water. When all risk of frost has passed move your plant back outside and begin feeding and watering again as growth commences.

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