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Photo Locations: River Banks Botanical Garden - Columbia, SC, Charleston, SC, Quail Botanical Gardens - Encinitas, CA, Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA and San Antonio Botanic Garden - San Antonio, TX
Largest Palmetto. Growing to 80 feet or more. Found in North Carolina to Florida.
Native to Caribbean Islands.
Additional Common Names
CABBAGE PALM, HISPANIOLA PALMETTO
Erect and requires ample growing space.
Fan Palm Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 80 - 100 feet.
Width: 15 - 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Palmately Compound, Medium Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Black Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.
Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 12 - 17 and 19 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Texas Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
None Known Health Hazard.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Sabal palmetto Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 19, 2018.
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