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Sabal Minor 'Tamaulipas'

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sabal (SAY-bal) (Info)
Species: Minor (MY-nor) (Info)
Cultivar: Tamaulipas

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JulioABQ On Dec 3, 2012, JulioABQ from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Very surprised with this palm, I had a small seedling on a large pot then in the summer it yellowed and I thought it died and left the pot outside all winter, then spring came and new leafs came out and now it's doing great. Can't wait to put it in the ground.

Positive jlevert On Jun 12, 2012, jlevert from Augusta, GA wrote:

Excellent palm. The trunk crawls along the ground after a while. This palm blooms at least a month before any of the other Sabals, including Sabal minor.

Neutral SuburbanNinja80 On Nov 9, 2011, SuburbanNinja80 from Plainfield, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have to say it did live thought 4 degree winter but it died later on in the summer. This Palm can't get the Job done in Indiana. This is more of house Palm anywere above 7a.


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

Anniston, Alabama
Augusta, Georgia
Plainfield, Indiana
Centreville, Maryland
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Prosperity, South Carolina

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