Sabal bermudana

Sabal bermudana

Sabal bermudana or Bermuda Fan Palm is a palm tree with beautiful, huge fan-shaped leaves.

Widely cultivated, it is endangered on the Bermuda island.

Growth is very slow.

Can be grown in pot or in the garden but is not suitable as a house plant.

Description:

Sabal bermudana is a small palm tree up to 6 m high. Growth is very slow.

The trunk is brown or gray, with indistinct but closely spaced leaf scars, diameter 30 cm.

The leaf crown is round and close. The leaves are costapalmate, deep green, sometimes with a bluish hue, 1.5-2 m wide with more than 80 segments indented over half of the length. The petiole is green, smooth and 2 m long.

The inflorescences are shorter than the leaf crown and usually hidden. The flowers are small, white, fragrant and bisexual. A single palm tree can produce fruit.

The fruits are small, black and round. They contain a single black seed of about 1.5 cm in diameter.

Usage:

The fronds are used for weaving (hats, baskets, roofing, ropes…)

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Bermuda Fan Palm, Bermuda Palm, Bermuda Palmetto

Synonyms:

Inodes princeps, Sabal beccariana, Sabal princeps

Etymology:

Sabal: never explained by its author
Bermudana: Latinization of Bermuda (originally from Bermuda)

Origin:

Bermuda

Habitat:

Lowland marshes and drier soils



Hardiness:

USDA zone 9-11

Care:

Soil:

Medium rich to poor soil, well drained

Light:

Full sun, does not do well in shade or partial shade

Water:

In pot: every 2-3 days during the summer. In full soil only during a drought period.

Feed:

Slow release fertilizer for palm trees or organic fertilizer 1-2 times a year

Propagation:

Seed

Sowing instructions:

  • soak 1-2 days in lukewarm water
  • sow in moist sowing substrate
  • 25-30 °C
  • germination: 3 to 9 months

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