Sonora Palmetto

Sabal uresana

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




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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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Bloom Color:

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Bloom Time:

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Grown for foliage


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Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

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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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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