Sabal Palm (Sabal palmetto)

Common names:
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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 10 to 65 feet or more
Plant Spread: 12 to 15 foot
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Clusters of 1/2 inch Back drupes, each containing a single seed
Fruiting Time: Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Creamy Yellowish-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Street Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: Plant when fresh for best germination which takes from 18 to 33 days
Containers: Not suitable for containers


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By Mindy03 on June 1, 2011

June brings the end of school, Father's Day and summer. Summer brings hot weather and plants may need extra water. Honey bees will also need extra water to keep the hive cool.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 29, 2011 11:22 AM

The Cabbage palmetto is native to the Southeastern U.S. from North Carolina through Florida, and also Cuba and the Bahamas. It is a popular landscape tree attaining heights to 65 feet or more and a trunk circumference up to 2 feet. This is a fan type palm with leaves reaching 6 to 8 feet in length. The Cabbage palmetto blooms in mid summer with the creamy yellowish white flowers produced in panicles extending out from the leaves. The blooms are followed in late fall or early winter by black drupe type fruits that contain a single seed, a favorite of both birds and squirrels. The Sabal Palm is very cold hardy and can survive short periods of temperatures around 10ºF with protection. Once established, this tree is very drought tolerant as well as wind resistant.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 23, 2012 5:57 PM

Honey bees get nectar and white pollen from this plant. The honey is white and mild in flavor.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 17, 2013 7:17 PM

Florida's state tree.

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