Sabal minor

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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


Recommended Uses:Use as a small specimen shrub in moist areas. Can also be used in floodplains.
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand



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

Pollinated by bees.