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This thing is huge, trunk is around 18" in diameter and appeared to be solitary. Have no idea how long it's been in the ground or if it's been through a winter. Historic Conway, SC - zone 8b.

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Silas_Sancona
9 minutes ago, DAVEinMB said:

This thing is huge, trunk is around 18" in diameter and appeared to be solitary. Have no idea how long it's been in the ground or if it's been through a winter. Historic Conway, SC - zone 8b.

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Looks like a Red Abyssinian ( Ensate maurelii ) Nice find!, esp. if it has survived a winter or more in the ground.

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DAVEinMB

@Silas_Sancona awesome man, thanks! Now that I know it's there I'm definitely gonna see how it does through winter. Might have to put it on the wish list haha 

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Silas_Sancona
43 minutes ago, DAVEinMB said:

@Silas_Sancona awesome man, thanks! Now that I know it's there I'm definitely gonna see how it does through winter. Might have to put it on the wish list haha 

:greenthumb: They're great accent plants, either in big pots or in the ground. Not a fan of persistent dry air/ intense heat/ sun exposure though. Look better w/ some afternoon shade/ filtered sun, at least away from the coast in CA. Wouldn't stand a chance thru the summers here. Neighbor behind me has regular Bananas ( not sure which type ), under full tree canopy and all of them were torched pretty badly by August this year. 

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Chester B

Doubt it survived winter, they can only take very minimal frost.  They have big ones like that planted all over City parks, etc here in Portland.  They dig them up along with the Brugmansia and overwinter in greenhouses.  They are so easy to over winter in a cool dry spot, until they reach about that size, because they get so heavy.  I usually let them die once they get that big and saw them up into pieces.  You cut all the fronds off and the roots and store them dry in a dark place, once all risk of frost has passed they can go back out.

Look at HomeDepot in the clearance section in late summer and you get usually snag them for $10 or less.

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Chris Wilson

I grew one in Ohio a few years ago that got massive. I overwintered it in the garage and it was not easy to get it in there because it was so heavy.

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DAVEinMB
15 hours ago, Chris Wilson said:

I grew one in Ohio a few years ago that got massive. I overwintered it in the garage and it was not easy to get it in there because it was so heavy.

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Sweet fancy moses that thing is big

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