Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m) 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m) 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
Spacing: 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) 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m) 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m) 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) 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 Light Shade Partial to Full Shade
Danger: Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color: White/Near White Inconspicuous/none
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Evergreen Silver/Gray Blue-Green
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens Suitable for growing in containers
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Seed Collecting: Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Jun 9, 2011, SuburbanNinja80 from Plainfield, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:
Am a little bit freaked out its thorny leaves... I'll sieck with my sabal minors personal. Both of the are hardy to indiana. We did move up from zone 5b to zone 6a or maybe 6b really it has not really got pass -5 for five winters.
I have a nice potted specimen here at my home in IN. This plant is now doing quite well & will be a nice addition to our deck. This plant has both positive & negative attributes as a landscape plant. Positive is of coarse that it is attractive & in this climate a real conversation piece.
Negative is that it is very hard to transplant. I ordered this plant bare root from a nursery in GA & the first one did not survive. It was sent bare root in Feb. (even though I had specified they not send it until at least April) & I suspect there may have been frost damage to the roots. A second one was sent in early summer, also bare root, & it did survive, but for the first couple months looked like it may not make it either. But it finally began to grow in late summer & is now doing well under grow lights inside until Spring.
I have read that this specie is very hardy but am afraid to try it in ground as we have pretty severe winters for a couple months. If any of you have had experience with growing this plant in a northern climate I would love to hear about it.
On May 4, 2007, SooBee360 from Hudson, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
Palmetto "islands" were already established decades ago when we first bought our acre. Knew about the attractiveness to snakes, etc., but wanted to keep them as they are natural to Florida landscapes. Plus, they were free! We cleaned them up to about 4-7 fronds per stalk. The only snake I ever saw in ours was a pink worm snake, and only 1 rat after a hurricane. They are very nice looking if you take the time to clean them up. Caution is reminded here not only because of possible snakes in your palmettos, but most all palmettos have sharp barbs along the frond stems and they will cut you up, not just your arms but wear goggles if you tend to be hurried. They add a nice natural touch of tropical to your yard if you keep them in check once a year. Too many people just bulldoze them away, it's such a shame to do that. Plus the blossoms fragrance is terrific!
On Apr 14, 2006, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
From a California perspective, this is a slow palm. It is pretty easy in California as it is most places it can survive, but it seems 10x slower here than in the rest of the country. We don't have the heat here (except in our deserts) this palm needs to be happy. It can 15-20 years to get a decent specimen even worth having in the garden. For that reason you will hardly ever see one in California except at Botanical gardens or a few crazy palm collectors (like me). They are not a good landscape palm here for that reason. My own palm is about 7 years old and still only about 8" tall though starting to finally pick up a bit. Huntington gardens has some old, large specimens (though large for California standards) but they have been there for many decades.
On Apr 13, 2006, nick89 from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Abundant throughout Florida, where it is found in drier areas. Here in Tallahassee the green form is the one found in the wild but the silver form is more popular for the landscape. Very tough, surviving forest fires, but reputedly hard to transplant.
On Jul 30, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:
Saw Palmetto is a very drought-tolerant plant, growing in the dry flatwoods, dunes, scrub and low-lying areas on the coastal plain from South Carolina to Florida and Louisiana. It is very abundant in parks in my area, growing naturally in pinelands as well as along the coast on barrier islands. It is an excellent plant providing food and shelter for wildlife, especially native wildlife such as the Eastern Spotted Skunk, skinks, lizards, snakes, birds, raccoons and deer as well as others. It is often found with the Cabbage or Sabal Palmetto, Florida's state tree, in the hammocks and pinelands. However, it is very slow-growing and it's stalk has sharp thorns, so be careful when handling the fronds or the plant itself (trunk has sharp thorns and stalks, too). Adapts to little water in the landscape, so it is suitable for xeriscaping. Grows as a shrub and sometimes up to 10 feet tall! A great plant if you want a wildlife or ease-of-care, low-water garden.
On Feb 17, 2004, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I am fortunate to have a garden with several large native Serenoa repens as background plants, from clumps that were not cleared away when the area was developed. They are really tough palms, tolerant of a wide variety of conditions. Since the previous poster mentioned disadvantages, I can add mine .... the undersides of the leaves are favored places for paper wasps to make nests. I knock the leaves with a stick to see if any fly out before I trim off the older leaves.
On Jan 9, 2003, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
This plant is very difficult to transplant/relocate and also very difficult to kill once established. Make sure you plant it where you want it. Be careful of the "toothed" leaf stalks that give the plant it's common name Saw palmetto--they are very sharp. This is a slow grower. The seeds are gathered for use as an herbal remedy and are also very attractive for wildlife. The honey produced by the plant is highly prized.
On Oct 2, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Endemic to peninsular Florida and the coastal plains from southeastern Louisiana to southern South Carolina the Saw-palmetto helps provide primary habitat for the wildlife of southern Florida's palmetto prairies. Distinctive species include the crested caracara, the Florida burrowing owl, and the Florida sandhill crane. It also provides essential habitat for sand skinks, the Florida mouse, and a variety of birds, including the Florida scrub jay--a threatened subspecies. Black bears feed on saw-palmetto fruit and the young shoots which sprout after winter fires in the Florida flatwoods. White-tailed deer also eat saw-palmetto fruit, especially during dry years.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Atmore, Alabama Bay Minette, Alabama Saks, Alabama Los Angeles, California Manhattan Beach, California Thousand Oaks, California Auburndale, Florida Bartow, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida Black Diamond, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Brandon, Florida Campbell, Florida Cape Canaveral, Florida Cinco Bayou, Florida Citrus Hills, Florida Combee Settlement, Florida Hampton, Florida Hudson, Florida (2 reports) Keystone Heights, Florida Lake Worth Corridor, Florida New Port Richey, Florida Niceville, Florida Oak Hill, Florida Ocala, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Sebring, Florida South Daytona, Florida South Venice, Florida Summerfield, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Augusta, Georgia Hawaiian Acres, Hawaii Simonton Lake, Indiana Elizabeth City, North Carolina Emerald Isle, North Carolina Kure Beach, North Carolina Beaufort, South Carolina Bluffton, South Carolina Conway, South Carolina Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Lexington, South Carolina (2 reports) Austin, Texas Cedar Park, Texas Roman Forest, Texas Suffolk, Virginia