How to grow Sabal palmetto

Sabal palmetto growing palm tree of the genus Sabal also known as Cabbage-palm or Sabal palm, Sabal palmetto perennial evergreen plant, used as ornamental plant and it’s drought tolerant, can grow in subtropical, tropic, mediterranean, desert or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 8+

Leaves color green leaves in frond shape when the start to grow it’s like sword when it’s open rounded shape in shredded like fork or spoon narrow tines in the size 1-2 m.

Sabal palmetto flower

Flower color yellow to white, flowers grow on clump its branch on every branch can be hundreds, bloom clumps very showy.

Fruit edible, color of the fruit purple-black, the fruit round dry and sweet.

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How to grow Sabal palmetto growing and care:

Warm summer, well-drained soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring to summer in cold area and 10b+ can be all year

Pests and diseases:
Rhynchophorus ferrugineus

Pruning season:
All year (better in the autumn)

How to prune:
Dead leaves but not to cut them until the trunk the stem of the dead leaves protect the trunk

Size of the plant:
10-20m, 30-60 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full sun / Half shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season?

General information about the flower:
Yellow to white, flowers grow on clump its branch on every branch can be hundreds, bloom clumps very showy

Edible Fruit

Fruit harvest season:

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, bats

What can be done with big quantities of Sabal palmetto fruit?
Eaten raw, cakes, dry, juice, jam and frozen

Work requirements on the fruit:
When the tree is young it’s easy to pick the fruit after that it become harder

How long does it take to bear fruit?
7-10 years

Scientific name:

Sabal palmetto

How to grow Sabal palmetto

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Sabal palmetto fruits

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Sabal palmetto


Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Dried fruit
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Ice pop & Ice cream plants
  • Jams
  • Juice
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental fruit
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Palm
  • Perennial plant
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9