Dwarf palmetto

Sabal minor

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor)
SAY-ball MY-nor
Synonyms:  S. glabra
Genus:  Sabal
This species has deeply divided, fan-shaped leaves of blue-green to 3 feet across. It bears ivory blossoms on 6-foot-long panicles in summer. It may be shoot-hardy to Zone 6 with a deep layer of mulch. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Sabal palms hail from low-lying, tropical forests of the West Indies and from southern North America to northern South America. They bear fan-shaped leaves and panicles made up of three-petaled blossoms. In nature, the old leaves fall and crowd the base of the palms. 
Care:  Indoors, grow in bright, indirect light; mist often in summer. Outdoors, grow in well-drained, moist soil in full sun with shade at midday.
Propagation:  Sow seed in spring.
Problems:  Butt rot, false smut, tar spot, manganese deficiency, fungal leaf spots, spider mites, scale insects.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Hedge,
Indoor Plant,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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