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Sabal minor

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Description

Sabal minor, commonly known as the dwarf palmetto, is a small species of palm growing 2'-7' in height. It is native to the deep southeastern and south-central United States and northeastern Mexico. It is naturally found in a diversity of habitats, including maritime forests, swamps, floodplains, and occasionally on drier sites.  It is drought tolerant has a slow growth rate and a moderate salt tolerance. This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#tropical#evergreen#birds#wildlife plant#salt tolerant#boggy#low maintenance#winter interest#coastal#showy fruits#mammals#food source#highly beneficial coastal plants#cpp#NC native#deer resistant#swamps#large flowers#flood plains#fan shaped#black fruits#Braham Arboretum#native palm#unique
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sabal
    Species:
    minor
    Family:
    Arecaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S. Oklahoma to SE. U.S.A., Mexico
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits are eaten by robins, raccoons, and many other birds and mammals.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Round <.5 inch fleshy shiny black drupe with one seed
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    June-July yellow-white to blue compound panicles up to 6' long
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Palmasect
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate fan-shaped simple deeply divided lobed suborbicular palmate leaf 1'-5' tall and wide and attractive in the winter. Petioles are smooth and long.
  • Bark:
    Bark Description:
    The trunk of this plant is partially subterranean.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Winter Garden
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Salt