Sabal palmetto

Sabal palmetto

Sabal palmetto or Cabbage Palm grows along the coast, in tidal zones, dunes and marshes, which makes it particularly resistant in coastal regions, to saline soils and inundations.

Growth is very slow the first 8 to 10 years and thus can be quite expensive.

Very widely used for decorative purposes.

Very polymorphic: can present huge morphological variations.

Synonyms:

Chamaerops palmetto, Corypha palma, Corypha palmetto, Corypha palmetto, Inodes palmetto, Inodes schwarzii, Sabal jamesiana

Common names:

Blue Palmetto, Cabbage Palm, Cabbage Palmetto, Cabbage-Palm, Carolina Palmetto, Palmetto, Sabal Palm

Usage:

Production of honey.
Trunks can be used in construction.
Fronds can be used for weaving.

Origin:

Bahamas, Cuba, south-east of the United States

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8, -10 °C
Older specimens can tolerate -14 °C in good conditions

Soil:

Neutral or rich in calcium

Height:

20 m



Flowering:

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

Propagation:

Sowing

Exposure:

Full sun or partial shade

Germination:

3 to 6 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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