PlantFiles: Dwarf Palmetto, Bluestem Palmetto, Blue Palm Sabal minor 'McCurtain'
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On Jan 21, 2008, RonDEZone7a from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:
Sabal minor "McCurtain" appears to be hardier than the typical Sabal minor, in my Wilmington, Delaware garden. I have several "McCurtains" and have yet to see any winter damage on the leaves, whereas regular Sabal minors have gotten their leaves scorched if planted with no winter cover.
On Feb 12, 2007, Hikaro_Takayama from Fayetteville, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I bought 2 one gallon sized specimens from Gerry's Jungle and planted them in my yard this past spring.
This winter, we've had three nights where the low got below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, two of which it got down to near 0, yet these palms (which both still have the juvennile strap leaves) suffered NO damage, despite the low temps occurring during two weeks of sub-freezing temperatures (it finally got above freezing today). I think that this palm could easily become naturalized in Zone 6, and I'd reccomend it to anybody.
As an additional plus, rabbits, deer and other animals WON'T eat it, unlike many of my other evergreen plants.
The only drawback is that it grows rather slow, so I'd reccomend getting at least a 3 gallon plant (about the size that its growth speed increases) unless you're the patient type.
Update: I've now had these plants in the ground for 5 years, and they've hung in there, despite getting entirely too much shade and absolutely zero protection during the winter. I'll definitely reccomend them for hardy palm growers.
On Jun 14, 2006, sylvainyang from Edmond, OK wrote:
A native palm from McCurtain County of Oklahoma, 50 miles away of northern Texas. Cold hardy record is -24 F in Wichita Kansas. It never grow a trunk but stays green in extreme freeze a perfect edge plant or shrub plant. Slow grow.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Arden, Delaware Chicago, Illinois Plainfield, Indiana Lawrence, Kansas Lawrence, Massachusetts Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania Greencastle, Pennsylvania