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Ravenala - travellers palm

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Elegant and distinctive palm, related to the Bird of Paradise flower. Big banana-like foliage in a giant fan formation. Bright denim-blue seeds. Pollinated by ruffed lemurs, though we can't guarantee you'll get these in your garden if you plant the palm...


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Ravenala madagascariensis
Travellers Palm

DESCRIPTION: Beautiful tree from the Bird of Paradise family which produces big banana-like foliage and green 'bird' flowers. Foliage arranges itself in a fan-shaped form. Seeds are a wonderful blue colour.
Small to medium bamboo like palm with dense clusters of cane like stems to 5 metres.  Many glossy leaves
USES:  Stunning tropical plant use a feature plant, or as back drop for other tropical plants. It is often used to line driveways and property entries, for which the fan shape lends itself very well.
CARE: Sunny or partly shaded position with morning or afternoon sun. Shelter from strong winds and exposed sites.  Plant in a free draining soil rich in organic matter.  A potting mix rich with peat moss or humus is ideal added at the time of planting
PLANTING: Mulch and water well, prune dead fronds and fertilise in Spring. 
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 7 metres plus x 6m W.
PLEASE NOTE: These are tube-stock plants, with the benefit of being a young plant they will establish quickly in your garden. The average size of your plants will be 15 -25 cm in height including the pot height of 80 mm x 42 mm wide.

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