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Ravenala madagascariensis

Phonetic Spelling
ra-VEN-ah-la mad-uh-gas-KAR-ee-EN-sis
Description

Traveller's Tree is a palm-like tree native to Madagascar.  It can reach heights of 30'-50' feet in its native habitat.  It grows in frost-free areas around the world.  Plant in rich, moist well-drained loam in the full sun.  In areas where it may not be winter hardy, it can be grown in a greenhouse.  

Propagate this pant by seed, division or it occasionally creates offsets.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.  Overwatering can lead to root rot.  Strong winds can shred leaves.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#specimen#palm#large leaves#winter interest#palm-like#tropical palm#tropical feel
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#specimen#palm#large leaves#winter interest#palm-like#tropical palm#tropical feel
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ravenala
    Species:
    madagascariensis
    Family:
    Strelitziaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Madagascar
    Dimensions:
    Height: 30 ft. 0 in. - 50 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    24-60 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Woody capsules 3 1/2" long with edible blue seeds
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Description:
    A seasonal bloomer 3 petaled whilte boat-shaped spathes of flowers appear in cymes
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Huge eaves form a fan shape, cup-shaped petioles collect rain-water hence the common name, as it was thought travelers used this water.
  • Bark:
    Bark Description:
    12" diameter unbranched trunk with leaf scar rings.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen