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Plant Care Guide >> Trees >> Ravenala madagascariensis (Traveller's Palm)
Traveler's palm as is popularly called is not a palm but a close relative of the banana plant. It is considered to be one of nature's most spectacular trees and is a supreme accent plant.
Common name:

Traveler's palm

Botanical Name:

Ravenala madagascariensis




The leaves are arranged in a fan-shaped manner. They resemble that of a banana and range up to 10 feet long and from 12 to 20 inches in width.


A mature traveler's palm may bloom year round and produce brown fruits that contain light blue seeds. The small white flowers are held in bracts.


The plant does best in full sun, but it can be grown in a semi shaded location as well.


Traveler's palm likes sandy and clayey soils with good drainage, and thrives in rich, moist and loamy soils.


The plant requires moderate humidity.


Water the plant moderately.

Pest and Problems:

It is considered very disease and pest resistant.

Growth habit:

The green palm like trunk grows up to 1 ft in diameter and displays distinctive trunk leaf scar rings. It grows up, to 40' tall.


The plant is a heavy feeder and responds well to fertilizing. A slow release fertilizer (e.g., an 18-18-18) may be used during the summer growing season.


Pruning is necessary to develop a strong structure.


It can be grown from seeds of division of the clumps.

Special Care:

No special care is require for the plant.

Landscaping Use:

It is considered as one of the most spectacular accent plant.

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