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Dwarf palmetto

Sabal minor

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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 CharacteristicsSabal 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. 

CareIndoors, grow in bright, indirect light; mist often in summer. Outdoors, grow in well-drained, moist soil in full sun with shade at midday.

PropagationSow seed in spring.

ProblemsButt rot, false smut, tar spot, manganese deficiency, fungal leaf spots, spider mites, scale insects.

  • Genus : Sabal
  • Zones : 10, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Uses : Containers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Flower Color : White
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