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Sabal:
Sabal
Sabal bermudana
Sabal causiarum
Sabal dominguensis
Sabal etonia
Sabal maritima
Sabal mauritiiformis
Sabal Mexicana
Sabal minor
Sabal minor X Mexicana
Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto var. Parviflora
Sabal pumos
Sabal rosei
Sabal uresana
Sabal yapa

Sabal minor

Common name: Dwarf Blue Palmetto, Bush Palmetto
Native to: USA Southeast
Mature height: 6'
Mature spread: 6'
Growth Habit: solitary
Leaf type: palmate
Sabal minor

photo by: Jack Tomsky
Jack Tomsky Garden
Palo Alto

Description:

Usually trunkless, but can sometimes grow to 6 feet tall. Plants will survive temperatures approaching 0F which will cause defoliation but new leaves will emerge from the ground in the spring since this is a trunkless palm. However, Sabal minor requires high summer heat to thrive and is marginal in areas with cool summers. There is a variety of minor called Louisiana which typically forms trunks up to 6 feet tall in swampy habitats.

Photo #2 is the trunk of the Sabal Louisiana form. There are distinct differences in the form which include a non costapalmate leaf and the flower stalks are shorter than the leaves.



Sabal minor

photo by: Jack Tomsky
Jack Tomsky Garden
Palo Alto
Sabal minor

photo by: Jack Tomsky
Jack Tomsky Garden
Palo Alto
This species in the garden:
Growth rate: moderate
Sunlight: gradual sun
Water: ample and regular
Cold Tolerance: 5 F
Seed or plant availability: limited




 
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