Abyssinian Banana

Ensete ventricosum

Bananas offer the garden a very lush tropical feel.

The dramatic Abyssinian banana produces the most amazingly beautiful paddle-like leaves up to 3m long and over half a metre wide.  The leaves are a lush green with a prominent bright red spine.

It grows extremely quickly reaching a height of 1.8 – 2m in the first year.  In ideal conditions it will reach 6m metres at maturity.

It can be grown in a pot, it prefers full sun but will handle dappled shade.