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PlantFiles: Sonora Palmetto
Sabal uresana

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

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Jitotree On Aug 22, 2014, Jitotree from Imuris
Mexico wrote:

Sabal uresana has two distinct forms in Sonora,Mexico. The coastal form is a large palm tree. It is a robust grower usually forming large colonies in washes. It is blue-green in color even bluish in certain angles. Due to its size and water requirements it cannot compete with Brahea on rocky mountain slopes. The mountain form of Sabal uresana is not as robust a grower as the coastal form. Its colonies still need to be close to fresh or seasonal water sources. However it is a stunning silver to almost white in color from a distance. When coming up to the mountain form you are struck by the lack of armament on the petioles and the absolute silver-white appearance to the leaves.

Positive sylvainyang On Jan 20, 2008, sylvainyang from Edmond, OK wrote:

I visited Don's Amazing Garden in Oklahoma City Oklahoma, It's
zone 7b and this Sabal Uresana is never harm by the cold there.
Don had it for 15 years, it grows really really slow. No signs of trunk
in 15 years and its about 6 foot tall, its a much slower grow palm
compare with Sabal Palmetto even Sabal Birmingham.
I love the powder blue color and the solid feel of the leaves. Unlike Sabal Louisana all the leaves are broken can even see the fan shape
in a windy state like Oklahoma.

Positive palmbob On Jun 22, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

relatively slow grower, but worth it due to bluish coloration of leaves. This is one of the best looking Sabals to grow, especially in the hot tropics where the blue color seems to stand out more. As it ages, some of the blue fades to a glaucous green, but it's still attractive. The leaves have more pendant leaflet tips than most of the other Sabal palms. From Sonora Mexico


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

Anniston, Alabama
Queen Creek, Arizona
Los Angeles, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Visalia, California
Brandon, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Venice, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Beaufort, North Carolina
Edmond, Oklahoma

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