Sabal bermudana/Bermuda Palmetto, Bibby Tree

Sabal bermudana / Sabal bermudana
Foliage of the Bermuda Palm
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Foliage of the Bermuda Palm

Large, fan-shaped fronds on a plant growing in a southern California botanical garden

Basal portion of the palm fronds with smooth stems

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Scientific Name: Sabal bermudana
Common Name: Bermuda Palmetto, Bibby Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: White, Yellow
Fruit present: Winter
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: This palm, as the name implies, is endemic to Bermuda. It is a fan palm with huge leaves with smooth petioles. Yellowish-white flowers are produced in large panicles and extend beyond the foliage. Following this palm produces brown to black fruit, each containing a single seed. Makes an excellent specimen palm.