Ravenala Madagascariensis Palm Trees
Ravenala Madagascariensis is commonly known as Travelers Palm. Very popular palm as ornamental plant in the tropical region. The harmonious arrangement if its leaves give it the look of beautiful shape of a big fan.
Traveler’s-Tree is ideal for creating an exotic, tropical effect with its very large, banana-like leaves, each up to nine feet long and held in fan-shaped formation, and the unusual, small, white flowers which are held erect in canoe-shaped bracts. Leaves are usually seen tattered and torn from exposure to the wind. Traveler’s-Tree will reach a height of 30 feet and a spread of 18 feet, growing at a moderate rate. It makes a nice tropical accent in a large landscape, growing too large for most modest-sized yards. The common name is derived from the fact that weary travelers would quench their thirst on the rainwater collected in the enlarged sheaths at the base of the leaves.
Traveler’s-Tree will produce best growth in full sun, though small potted plants may be grown in shade for a period of time. Plants should be grown on fertile soils, high in organic matter, and routinely cared for.
Plants should be grown only in frost-free locations.
Ravenala Madagascariensis Propagation
Propagation is by division of basal suckers or by seed, which are slow to germinate.