Sabal domingensis

Sabal domingensis

Sabal domingensis of Hispaniola Palm is native to the Dominican republic (hence its name) and the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and Cuba) where it grows inland at an altitude of about 1,000 m.

Grows quite fast and can adapt to a variety of conditions, like coastal conditions.

Common name:

Hispaniola palm
Hispaniolan palmetto

Etymology:

Sabal: from its native name.
Domingensis: of the Dominican Republic.

Origin:

Dominication Republic (hence its name) and the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and Cuba)

Hardiness:

USDA zone 9, Can resist frost to -8 °C, even as a juvenile

Soil:

Can accommodate a variety of soils, as long as they are well drained

Height:

10-18 m

Exposure:

Sun



Propagation:

Seed

Germination:

2 to 6 months

Sowing instructions:

  • soak the seeds 2 days in tepid water, change the water once or twice a day
  • sow in light soil
  • sow several seeds in 1 pot to gain place
  • maintain 25-30 °C

Repotting:

  • transplant the seedlings one by one as they germinate and when they are big enough to handle
  • keep the pot with seeds: the other seeds might germinate months later

Care:

  • drought resistant
  • water and feed well during growth season
  • prefers full sun but can stand half-shade

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