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PlantFiles: Hispaniolan Palmetto
Sabal Blackburniana

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

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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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:

This palm has proved to be equally cold hardy as the more common Sabal Palmetto. The winter of 2013/14 here in Maryland's Eastern shore was one of the coldest on record and included many nights below 10F (at least 6). Wind chills got down to -30F. This palm survived however, but with significant damage. My Sabal palmettos looked about the same. Both are all still too young to have started producing a trunk so they were mulched at the base and exposed at the top.

Sabal Blackburniana is somewhat hard to find, and is likely to never become very popular in the landscaping world due to its similar appearance to Sabal Palmetto. However, its cold hardiness is notable, and the subtle differences such as larger leaves make it a interesting palm to have.


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

Centreville, Maryland

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