Pseudophoenix sargentii

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Florida Cherry-palm, Buccaneer Palm

Arecaceae (Palmae)

Plant Specifics

Size:10 (20) ft tall by 8-10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Noted for:Interesting bark, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant. The smooth old leaf bases give this palm an elegant tropical look. Good salt and wind tolerance make this a good choice for somewhat sheltered coastal settings.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed, Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous



Attracts bees.

Native Habitats:Tropical rockland hammock.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This species is endangered in Florida. Please acquire only through reputable nurserymen. To maintain the genetic integrity of the species, please use only local (Florida) stock (the species also grows in the Caribbean). This species was almost eliminated from its Florida Keys natural populations by a combination of theft, vandalism, habitat destruction, and Hurricane Andrew.