Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

Common names:
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Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 4 to 6 feet (1.2-1.8 m)
Plant Spread: 4 to 6 feet (1.2-1.8 m) (In it's native habitat, clumps can attain spread of 20 feet or more.)
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: The 24 inch long leaf petioles (stems) have sharp saw-like teeth giving the plant a common name of Saw Palmetto.
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: Seeds have medicinal use.
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Dec 9, 2011 3:16 PM

This is the most abundant native palm in Florida. Usually it grows as a shrub. The leaf stalks/stems are lined with sharp, rigid spines.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 16, 2012 6:56 AM

Major source of nectar for honey bees which produces a light green to amber colored honey.

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Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on May 27, 2015 11:48 AM

I've never really paid too much attention to this plant as the area where it is was very much overgrown. Today while taking pictures of it, I realized what the wonderful scent I've been smelling is: saw palmetto blooms. Bees were all over it, collecting nectar and pollen.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 12, 2018 2:33 PM

A reclining to upright, thicket forming palm, often with a creeping, prostrate trunk, but sometimes it makes a short trunk. Native from southern North Carolina to all through Florida over to Louisiana. It is not only a common wild plant, but it is also used in southern landscaping.

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