cabbage palmetto Arecaceae Sabal
palmetto (Walter) Lodd. ex Schult. & Schult. f. symbol: SAPA
|Leaf: Alternate, palmately compound, fan shaped;
Flower: Small white flowers occurring on large (several feet), branched clusters, appearing in early summer.
Fruit: Fleshy drupe, nearly round, 1/3 to 1/2 inch across, dark shiny blue, maturing in early fall and persistent into the winter.
Twig: Absent, since leaves appear directly out of unbranched trunk.
Bark: Gray-brown, tough, splits vertically.
Form: Tall (to 80 feet), straight trunk with a short rounded crown.
Looks like: bush palmetto
- Everglades palm
- needle palm
- saw palmetto
| Additional Range Information:
Sabal palmetto is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting cabbage palmetto.
| External Links:
Silvics of North America
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson