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PlantFiles: Royal Palmetto
Sabal pumos

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

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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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)

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jlevert On Nov 9, 2012, jlevert from Augusta, GA wrote:

Sabal pumos has huge seeds and the young leaves are undivided and quite attractive. It is growing in Augusta, GA and St. Marys, GA on the coast. Hails from NW Mexico and should work as well as Sabal rosei.

Neutral palmbob On Oct 6, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

not much written about this Latin American palm... not unique in it's looks, and not sure what differentiates it from other species... but seen seedlings of it growing fine in southern California, though sure there are even larger and faster growing versions in Florida (much better climate for Sabal palms).


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

Los Angeles, California
Augusta, Georgia
Saint Marys, Georgia

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