Sabal minor/Dwarf Palmetto

Sabal minor / Sabal minor
A native stand of palmetto in a Louisiana wetland setting
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A native stand of palmetto in a Louisiana wetland setting

Close-up image of a palmetto showing the large fronds

Size can vary greatly depending on age and habitat

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Scientific Name: Sabal minor
Common Name: Dwarf Palmetto
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer, Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: The large five to six foot fan-shaped fronds are blue-green and persist for a long time. Creamy-white flowers are produced on tall stalks that tower over a mature plant. Fruit can be so heavy that the stalks fall to the ground. This plant tolerates a very wide range of growing conditions from very dry to wet, poorly drained. Palmettos are difficult to transplant from the native landscapes because of a horizontally growing subterranean root or portion of the trunk. Old plants form trunks over time.