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General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 30 to 60 feet (9-18m)
Fruit: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 6"-12"
Flower Time: Other: Year round
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Sep 29, 2011 8:17 PM

Contrary to poular belief this tree does not grow in one direction either east to west oor north to south. They will grow any which way they please. They sucker PROFUSELY! And the suckers are not easy to dig out as they are quite deep --- longer than your arm; which makes it very difficult to keep the palm to a single specimen. The flower stalk is monstrously heavy & while the blooms are on it, it exudes a clear gel-type substance which will stain any masonry it gets on a nasty rusty orange color. I have found nothing that will remove the stain, so be forewarned not to let any of the gel drip onto any masonry. The fronds take a real beating from high winds & become easily shredded. Because the fronds grow in a fan shape, it also does not hold up to the winds of tropical storms & hurricanes well & is likely to lean or blow completely over. If dead flower stalks or fronds are left to brown on the tree they become extremely tough & are difficult to even saw off.

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Posted by pniksch (Rockwall, TX - Zone 8a) on Mar 11, 2013 10:14 AM

Removed blue fuzz from seed, then soaked them for 24 hours before planting. 4-8 weeks to germinate. Slow growing the first year, then it really gets going!

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Beautiful! by plantladylin Oct 29, 2012 4:06 PM 4
Interesting, unusual ... and great color! by SongofJoy Dec 9, 2012 5:04 PM 2
Traveler's (Not really a) Palm by PlantLadyHouston Feb 13, 2020 8:51 PM 6
Ravenala madagascariensis by biglii Sep 5, 2018 2:58 PM 9
Strelitzia; for ID by eemeelee Aug 5, 2015 6:50 AM 7
My "Bird" is flying......... by AnnaZ Sep 13, 2012 10:19 AM 89

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