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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 the Caribbean. Ultimately to 80 ft. or taller and 20 ft. wide, with fan-shaped, immense gray-green leaves to 9 ft. across.

Sabal mexicana

Native from Texas to Guatemala. Grows to 30–50 ft. tall and 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

Native to southeastern U.S. Grows to 3–6 ft. tall and 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 and hang down like a closed umbrella.

Sabal palmetto
Sabal palmetto

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Sabal palmetto

From the southeastern U.S. Grows to 20 ft. tall and 10 ft. wide; much taller in its native habitat. Big (5–8 ft.) green leaves form a dense, globular head.

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