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PlantFiles: Hispaniolan Palmetto
Sabal Blackburniana

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sabal (SAY-bal) (Info)
Species: Blackburniana

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USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

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Propagation Methods:
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive longjonsilverz On Apr 29, 2012, longjonsilverz from Centreville, MD wrote:

Last year, I planted one of these palms outside in a good spot, and gave it a small amount of protection for the winter. I was told that this palm is similar to Sabal Palmetto, both is it's appearance, and its cold hardiness. I also planted a new Sabal Palmetto of the same size in the same area, with the same amount of protection. When winter came, it was a very mild one, with temps down to about 16F at its worst, but mostly staying above freezing each night. When winter ended, I was surprised to notice that the Sabal Palmetto had leaf damage on about 2 or 3 leaves, while the Sabal Blackburniana showed no signs of any damage. I don't have enough experience to explain why, but its interesting and worth mentioning. Hopefully it will survive the future and colder winters.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Centreville, Maryland

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