Ravenala madagascariensis commonly known as Traveler’s Tree (Buy seeds online) is a unique, evergreen and ornamental tree. Being only member of its genus, Ravenala madagascariensis is closely related to the family of Bird of Paradise (Strelitziaceae). The tree grows as tall as 20 meters or more in its natural habitat and produces several clustered trunks. Each trunk bears a crown of long and broad leaves that resemble the leaves of banana tree. Ravenala madagascariensis produces small white flowers covered by bracts.
As the name describes, the original home of Traveler’s Tree is Madagascar. However, it is commercially grown in most warn and subtropical regions of the world as an ornamental tree. It is an excellent choice for landscapes and gardens because of its bright, evergreen foliage. The common name, Traveler’s Tree, is given because it stores rainwater in the leaf base for emergency drinking and also because of its leaves that grow in east-west line thus serving as a compass.
Ravenala madagascariensis is sometimes referred as Traveler’s Palm though it is not related to the Palm family.
How to Grow Traveler’s Tree
The best way to propagate Ravenala madagascariensis or Traveler’s Tree is from offsets, tubers or divisions. The tree is tender to frost and prefers bright sunlight, rich soil and regular watering.