Traveler's Tree (Traveler's Palm) - Ravenala madagascariensis
The dramatic leaves on the Traveler's Tree, relative of the Bird of Paradise, are distinct. They grow in one plane from east to west. Scientific name: Ravenala madagascariensis.
Traveler's Tree culture is similar to that of a Bird of Paradise. For the first year or so, grow your Traveler's Tree in a pot with bright light but not full sun. After it grows larger, plant it in its final position in full sun, part sun, or light shade. Traveler's trees are cold hardy in frost-free locations. Protect it from frost.
- Average mature height: 20-30 feet
- Fertilizer: A heavy feeder. Responds well to fertilization.
- Light: Full sun
- Soil: Tolerates well-drained, sandy soils. Thrives in moist, loamy soils.
- Zones: 9-11
We ship our plants in 3-inch-deep pots when they are 3 to 6 inches tall so they can grow to maturity under your green thumb.