Common Name: Dwarf Palmetto Palm, Bluestem Palmetto
Scientific Name: Sabal minor
Growth Rate: Slow
Height: up to 20ft
Light Req: full sun to partial shade
Water Req: moderate
Cold Tolerance: down to 5F
The scientific name for the Dwarf Palmetto Palm is – Sabal minor. Dwarf Palmetto Palm is native to United States.
Sabal Minor Palm Description
Usually stemless, the leaves arising from an underground stock. Dwarf Palmetto Palm leaf blades are longer than the leaf stalks, fan shaped, and can reach as much as 4 feet wide. They have narrow segments notched at the tip.
This palm gets while flowers that turn into the black fruit about 1/2 inch wide in long clusters. Plant forms a trunk when grown in standing water.
It’s an evergreen that is very hardy and can tolerate cold down to 5F when mature. Dwarf Palmetto is a slow growing palm that like moist soil. It takes a while for it to form a trunk. Dwarf Palmetto can live to be over 400 years old.
If you don’t live in the warm climate and still want to have beautiful palm trees in you backyard you need to get this book “Betrock’s Cold Hardy Palms.” It has comprehensive profiles for 82 palm species capable of growing in climates colder than USDA Hardiness Zone 10, including 286 color photographs.
Propagated by seeds. Keep in mind that seed should be sown as soon as possible, as dried seed is much more difficult to propagate.
Seedlings should be grown out in a pot for about a year or two as young plants have not developed their legendary coldhardiness.
Siting can be problematic, as it likes it’s head in the sun and it’s feet near the water, or at least a wet site. It can be grown as an impenetrable border, or as a tall ground cover under oaks. It is not known to be invasive and has no known serious pests.
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