Sabal minor

Sabal minor

Sabal minor or Dwarf Palmetto is a small palm with generally subterranean trunk. Older specimens can develop a trunk up to 3 m.

Widely spread in the south-east of the United States where it generally grows in humid areas: swamp, undergrowth, riverbanks but has been found in dry terrain in Texas as well.

One of the most hardy among sabal with -15 °C, can take -20 °C when older and for brief periods.

Synonyms:

Chamaerops louisiana, Chamaerops acaulis, Corypha minor, Corypha pumila, Sabal adiantinum, Sabal deeringiana, Sabal louisiana, Sabal pumila, Sabal adansonii, Sabal deeringiana, Sabal glabra, Sabal louisiana

Common names:

Blue Palm, Blue Palmetto, Blue Stem Palmetto, Bluestem Palmetto, Bush Palmetto, Dwarf Palmetto, Little Blue Stem, Little Blue Stem Palm, Little Bluestem, Scrub Palm, Scrub Palmetto

Usage:

Fronds can be used for weaving.

Origin:

South-east of the United States of America (USA)

Hardiness:

Zone 7, -15 °C
Older specimens can resist to -20 °C for brief periods

Soil:

Will do well in a variety of soils

Height:

3 m



Flowering:

Bisexual, a single specimen produces viable seed.
The inflorescence appears between the leaves.

Propagation:

Sowing

Exposure:

Full sun or partial shade, will do better than other sabal in shade

Germination:

6 to 12 months

Sowing instructions:

  • soak 1-2 days in lukewarm water
  • sow in humid light soil
  • maintain 25-30 °C

Care:

  • make sure the soil is very well drained
  • moderate irrigation

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