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Sabal palmetto

Also known as

Palmetto, Cabbage Palmetto, blue Palmetto, Carolina Palmetto, common Palmetto, Swamp Cabbage, sabal Palm

Photo by Maura (CC0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

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  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Cabbage-Palm Overview

Sabal palmetto is an evergreen, single-stemmed palm species which has showy foliage and is also grown for the overall architectural appearance. Originating from the West Indies and the Americas, this genus is characterised by its deeply divided, fan-shaped leaves and this plant has many common names including Cabbage Palm. The leaf bases are retained on the trunk, forming bundles below the tree crown. This species produces small, creamy-yellow 3-petalled flowers from in between the leaves. Considered hardy, they can cope with temperatures as low as -14 degrees Celsius, so are a popular choice for temperate garden planting. Light is one of the most important considerations for this plant, it can cope with freezing temperatures but often struggle from a lack of summer heat and light in temperate regions and thus growing slowly over the summer, place in the sunniest position available.

Common problems with Cabbage-Palm

How to propagate Cabbage-Palm


You can propagate from fresh seed.

Special features of Cabbage-Palm

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Cabbage-Palm

Grown for their foliage and overall appearance.