The beautiful and legendary travelers palm is actually not a palm at all, but spectacular palm-like imposter related to bananas and bird of paradise.
These plants grow to be enormous, with huge leaves sprouting from a long stems in a flat, fan-shaped pattern like a peacock’s tail. The leaf bases create an intricate, overlapping pattern. The leaves collect rainwater which flows into the plant’s stems, base, and even its flowers, ready to aid a thirsty traveler.
Though it will eventually grow a trunk, this plant needs a wide berth when young. Because of the immense width and height proportions, this is one of those South Florida “palms” that work best in more expansive landscapes and with larger homes.
The farther south in Florida you go the taller they can get. In northern areas they’ll get about 30 feet high. Close to Miami they may reach 50 feet – or more. The growth rate is fast until a trunk begins to develop. Then the plant settles into a nice, moderate pace.
Anywhere you plant, keep in mind the growth direction of the crown of foliage.Because this becomes a very large and wide-spreading plant, place it no closer than 8 to 10 feet from the house. When using against a fence or short wall, come out about 4 feet or more. If planting a row of them, space 6 to 8 feet or more apart. This plant will work in a container only while it’s very young.
In conclusion, the Traveller’s palm is a stunning plant that is not only beautiful to look at but also has practical uses. Whether grown for its ornamental value or its utilitarian properties, this plant is sure to impress anyone who sees it.