Bay Palmetto

Sabal mauritiiformis

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




Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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 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


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

Bloom Color:

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Bloom Time:

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Grown for foliage


Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


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:

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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!


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 pa... read more