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Ravenala madagascariensis/Traveler's Palm

Ravenala madagascariensis / Ravenala madagascariensis
Typical form with foliage radiating from a central point
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Typical form with foliage radiating from a central point

Stems of foliage with flowers ("birds") emerging from the axils of the leaves

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Scientific Name: Ravenala madagascariensis
Common Name: Traveler's Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11, 12 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Blue
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: High winds can really riddle the large bananalike foliage, so try and give some protection from direct winds. As with most leafy tropicals frequent applications of fertilizer are beneficial. Although called a palm, this is not a palm. Each specimen is a huge symmetrical fan-shaped crown that radiates out from a stout, palm-like trunk. Cannot tolerate freezing temperatures.