|20 to over 40 feet|
Traveler’s-Tree is ideal for creating an exotic,
tropical effect with its very large, banana-like leaves,
each up to nine feet long and held in fan-shaped
formation, and the unusual, small, white flowers which
are held erect in canoe-shaped bracts (Fig. 1). Leaves
are usually seen tattered and torn from exposure to the
wind. Traveler’s-Tree will reach a height of 30 feet
and a spread of 18 feet, growing at a moderate rate. It
makes a nice tropical accent in a large landscape,
growing too large for most modest-sized yards. The
common name is derived from the fact that weary
travelers would quench their thirst on the rainwater
collected in the enlarged sheaths at the base of the
Traveler’s-Tree will produce best growth in full
sun, though small potted plants may be grown in shade
for a period of time. Plants should be grown on fertile
soils, high in organic matter, and routinely cared for.
Plants should be grown only in frost-free locations.
Propagation is by division of basal suckers or by
seed, which are slow to germinate.
No pests are of major concern.
Cercospora leaf-spot is a very serious disease
Trunk and Branches
routinely grown with, or
trainable to be grown with, multiple trunks; grow
mostly upright and will not droop; showy trunk; no
requires pruning to develop
tree grows in part shade/part sun;
tree grows in full sun
clay; loam; sand; slightly alkaline;