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Plants of the UNF Campus

Serenoa repens - Saw palmetto
Family Arecaceae

Description:

The saw palmetto is the only species in the genus Serenoa. It is a common native palm throughout Florida. It is a multi-stemmed, shrubby palm. Leaves range from yellow-green to gray-blue in color. Once considered a weed in pasture lands, it has grown in popularity for urban gardens and landscapes. It is a very adaptable plant, tolerating wet, dry, shady and sunny sites. Oily fruits are produced in fall. They are a very important food for black bears putting on fat for the winter. Also, the fruits are used medicinally by people.

Location:

Plants can be seen throughout the campus natural areas.

Size:

A shrubby plant to six feet tall or more.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: very drought tolerant when established, also tolerates high levels of soil moisture

Soil: very adaptable, no special requirements

Other – this plant is notoriously difficult to transplant

 

This native plant is easy to grow in northeast Florida. Plant it higher than standing water in sun or shade.

Serenoa repens

Serenoa repens

Saw palmetto

Arecaceae

The saw palmetto is the only species in the genus Serenoa. It is a common native palm throughout Florida. It is a multi-stemmed, shrubby palm. Leaves range from yellow-green to gray-blue in color. Once considered a weed in pasture lands, it has grown in popularity for urban gardens and landscapes. It is a very adaptable plant, tolerating wet, dry, shady and sunny sites. Oily fruits are produced in fall. They are a very important food for black bears putting on fat for the winter. Also, the fruits are used medicinally by people.

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Plants can be seen throughout the campus natural areas.

A shrubby plant to six feet tall or more.

full sun to part shade

very drought tolerant when established, also tolerates high levels of soil moisture

very adaptable, no special requirements

Other – this plant is notoriously difficult to transplant

 

This native plant is easy to grow in northeast Florida. Plant it higher than standing water in sun or shade.