Travelers tree is perhaps the most distinctive, beautiful and widely-reconized of all tropical trees. Its common name derives from rainwater stored in the leaf sheath base or its typical orientation east-west; it is not a palm despite its appearance. The tree can reach a height of 30 feet or taller and a spread of 18 feet. The green banana-like leaves are up to 9 feet long, borne on the same plane in a fan-shaped formation. Flowers are large, borne in groups up to 1 foot long, with showy white petals and green bracts, resembling those of the bird of paradise, to which it is related. Fruits are brown capsules containing blue fruit. The tree is most commonly propagated with basal offshoots. Seed may not be viable because the lemur pollinators are not present. It grows well on a variety of soil types, providing they are well-drained; it responds to fertilizer and needs moderate watering and it has no pests of major concern. In landscaping, travelers tree is a spectacular shade plant for the deck or patio, and as an accent or specimen tree in the ground, container or planter.