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PlantFiles: Bay Palmetto
Sabal mauritiiformis

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

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Trees
Palms

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

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

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive gsytch On Jul 2, 2011, gsytch from New Port Richey, FL wrote:

While my palm is still small, at 5' high after 2 years from a one gallon plant (but really nice sized), it has survived two very cold winters here in Tampa Bay. In good sun but not all day, exposed to frost but nearby Livistona do shelter it some as they are taller. Only showed damage lightly in the middle 20's (two nights 2010) which it recovered from easily. As a small palm still, damage usually shows more severely so this shows great promise. The blue-green color is superb!

Positive palmbob On Aug 12, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great palm for Southern California, though seems to do better inland than near the coast. Loves heat! Is one of the faster growing Sabals (here in So Cal where most are pretty slow- in Florida might be more average). The leaves of this species are more split than most and highly ornamental. Some of the slower, shaded specimens develop huge, deeply split bright green leaves that look more like an exotic Licuala species than a Sabal. As it forms a trunk, the greenish color of the trunk stays longer, also making it very ornamental. Older palms in humid rainy climates tend to lose the leaf bases, or 'boots' and have smooth, pale to olive-green, ringed trunks. Often confused with Sabal yapa, which has a similar leaf shape.. but the leaves of S yapa have a bluish cast underneath, and the palm is sometimes a beafier palm, while S mauritiiformis has a relatively skinny trunk for a Sabal. However, I still am at a loss to tell them apart most of the time. It's one of the least cold tolerant Sabals, though, and mine has gotten leaf damage almost every year below 29F.

Regional...

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

Garden Grove, California
Los Angeles, California
Reseda, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Brandon, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Naples, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Venice, Florida



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