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As a comment about Travelers Palm (Ravenala madagascariensis), flaflwrgrl wrote:

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.
Name: Hetty
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Oct 26, 2011 7:53 PM CST
Clearly flaflwrgrl is not as enamored by this tree as I am. She is absolutely correct in all her assertions, but the tree is a gorgeous shape, and can be a stunning addition to any landscape. I saw the suckers off (they are quite soft and fleshy when young) and never let them get big, and so we keep it from becoming a huge mass. I believe it is most stunning in a group of no more than three or four trunks.
Sadly ours are getting almost too big for us to trim ourselves and we are contemplating taking one or two of them down. Or we can wait for the next storm to take them out: Wilma in 2005 took one of our five...
Maintenance is indeed quite a job with this tree, but I would not be without it.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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Oct 26, 2011 8:12 PM CST
Hetty, I do agree with what you are saying. And I still love looking at these trees --- in someone else's yard. Hilarious!
But what I really wanted to say is that I think you should copy & paste your comment in the comment section in the database for this tree. I think it would be a valuable addition to the info. about it. Please do so.
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