SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Kona, Oahu and Waimea Valley Botanical Gardens - Waimea, HI
Travelers palm is a large tree grown ornamentally throughout the tropical world and is naturalized on several Pacific Islands. It is the only species in its genus and is found in the wild only in Madagascar. The sheathing leaf bases collect water, which was used for drinking by travelers, and the leaves are used for thatching, and the leaf stalks used in constructing homes. It will often sucker around the base, forming a thicket of basal branches if allowed to. Ravenala madagascariensis has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 5 (Evaluate).
Native to Madagascar.
Additional Common Names
TRAVELERS TREE, TRAVELERS PALM
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 30 - 40 feet.
Width: 25 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 36 Inches per Year.
Leaves Paddle-like, Oval, tearing to Pinnately Compound, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. White. Flowers in Spring, Summer or Fall. Has separate male and female reproductive parts on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown Capsule, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Spring, Summer or Fall.
Bark Gray to Brown, Rough.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low to Moderately Low in Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 24 and H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic Soil pH.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Leaf Spot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen or Container.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Ravenala madagascariensis Tree Record." 1995-2021. May 13, 2021.
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