About fifteen species of Sabal
range from the southeastern U.S.
into northern South America and the Caribbean. This species is native to the southeastern United States
to Texas and
into northern Mexico.
It resembles a seedling cabbage palm but has an upright flower spike with less
branching than the arching spike of a cabbage palm. The leaves are flatter, not
as saddle-shaped as the cabbage palm and the dwarf sabal’s seeds are smaller.
See this plant along the Lake Oneida boardwalk.
Shrub with leaves to about four or six feet tall, usually without an obvious trunk.
Light: sun to shade
Water: moist soil, somewhat drought tolerant
Soil: adaptable to soil types, no other special requirements
In northeast Florida,
this native plant is not commonly grown. It may be available from nurseries
specializing in native plants. It tolerates a wide range of conditions, except
the very driest.
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