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Sabal

Palmetto
Arecaceae (Palmae)
Palms and cycads

Slow-growing fan palms; some have trunks, some do not. Mature plants bear large clusters of tiny flowers among the leaves. Tolerate salt spray. All withstand 20°F/-7°C.

Sabal domingensis, photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo
Sabal domingensis, photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo

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Sabal domingensis

Native to theCaribbean. Ultimately 80 ft.or taller, 20 ft. wide, with fan-shaped,immense gray-greenleaves to 9 ft. across.

Sabal mexicana

Native from Texas to Guatemala. Grows 30 to 50 ft. tall, 12 ft. wide, has bright green, 3-foot leaves. Leaf stems persist on trunks of young trees, but drop later to show attractive, slender trunk.

Sabal minor

Grows 3 to 6 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide. Green to blue-green, 6-ft. leaves. Tree is usually trunkless but sometimes has a short trunk. Old leaves fold at base, hang down like a closed umbrella.

Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto

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Sabal palmetto

To 20 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide; much taller in its native habitat. Big (5 to 8 ft.) green leaves form a dense, globular head.

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