Sabal minor

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Dwarf Palmetto, Blue-stem Palmetto

Arecaceae (Palmae)

Plant Specifics

Size:4-9 ft tall by 4-8 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,NA
Fruit Color:Brown,black
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Use as a small specimen shrub in moist areas. Can also be used in floodplains.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Used by birds for nesting and food. A wide variety of animals eat the fruit.


Pollinated by bees.

Native Habitats:Shallowly inundated floodplain forest, shallow set sinks, hydric seep slopes and immediately adjacent mesic slopes, hydric hammock, moist mesic hammock adjacent to streams.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures