Serenoa repens - Saw palmetto
The saw palmetto is the only species in the genus Serenoa. It is a common native palm
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.
Plants can be seen throughout the campus natural areas.
A shrubby plant to six feet tall or more.
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.