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Dwarf Palmetto, Bluestem Palmetto, Blue Palm (Sabal Minor)

Categorized as: Palm,Shrub,Tree

April 28, 2010 | 25303 Views | 0 Comments

Dwarf Palmetto, Bluestem Palmetto, Blue Palm Sabal minor, or the dwarf palmetto, is considered to be one of the hardiest palms available. It grows primarily in the southeastern United States, and its natural habitat extends west to Texas and Oklahoma. Over time, Sabal Minor form a clump about 5-6 feet in height. It grows from a single trunk, which most often grows underground. The presence of a short above-ground trunk may indicate that the plant is actually another palm, perhaps another closely-related species.

Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Sabal
Species: Minor
Cultivar: None Identified

Dwarf Palmetto, Bluestem Palmetto, Blue Palm


USDA Zone 7b: to 5 °F
USDA Zone 8a: to 10 °F
USDA Zone 8b: to 15 °F
USDA Zone 9a: to 20 °F
USDA Zone 9b: to 25 °F


12-15 ft.

Light Exposure:

10% to 40% Shade
40% to 60% Shade

Growth Rate:

Very Slow

Native to the southeastern United States. It is often very slow growing but can become quite a pest when established. Much of the untamed, swampy lands of the eastern United States are filled with dwarf palmettos. Tends to look like a short tangled mess when growing in the sun, but when grown in shade it is much more attractive in the landscape. Doesn't like to be disturbed after it has established itself, so digging them from the wild tends to be unsuccessful.

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