III. Sabal Palms: Sabal palmetto and smaller Sabal species

Continuation of our hard palm series Sabal palmetto, the palm that bears the state flag of south carolina and florida. The following descriptions highlight the enormous diversity of species.

Sabal palmetto (Palmetto Palm)

The 40 tall S. palmetto is a tribe in the southeastern United States. Its native range extends from North Florida to coastal North Carolina. Like S. minor, the varieties are cultivated in seed and represent certain genetic populations. (Hardness zone 8-10)

S. palmetto "Bald Head Island" (Palmetto Bald Head)

The northernmost native population of S. palmettos is Bald Head Island, NC. We found that the seedlings of these plants are particularly climatic in our climate, showing no damage since 1999 (Hardness zones 7b-10)

S. palmetto & # 39; Lisa & # 39; (Lisa Palmetto Palm)

It is the most abundant leaf form of S. palmetto and is said to have exceptional winter hardness. I haven't tried this on the ground in zone 7b yet. (Hardness Zone 8-10, Guessing)

S. palmetto & # 39; Mt. Holly ”(Mt. Holly Palmetto Palm)

This is another form of S. palmetto with exceptional winter strength, grown from the seeds of a plant in Mt. Holly (west of Charlotte), North Carolina. Planted in the 1960s, these 18-20â & # x20AC; & # x2122; s palms survived at -5 degrees F in their current position. They have been in the garden since 1999, with no sign of damage. In this form, the foliage is much narrower than what we think of a typical S. palmetto.

S. palmetto & # 39; Rock Hill & # 39; (Rock Hill Palmetto Palm)

These S. palmettos come from a station in Rock Hill (SC) (just south of Charlotte NC). They were planted in the 1950s and maintained record-low temperatures (-8 degrees F) in 1984/85. The leaves of this form are much wider than those of S. palmetto & # 39; Mt. It is holly in shape and showed slightly less winter hardness in our experiments. (Hardness zone 7b-10)

S. palmetto & # 39; Tifton Hardy & # 39; (Tifton Hardy Palmetto Palm)

The southeastern S. palmetto seed strain was collected by Noel Weston, a retired city gardener in Raleigh, during a trip through the freezing 1980s to Tifton, Georgia, which destroyed most palmettos. Noel found an intact pattern at a Tifton hotel and collected seeds. Wait for a 10 trunk in 15 years. In this form, the leaves are as wide as S. palmetto & # 39; Rock Hill & quot ;. (Hardness zone 7b-10)

S. rosei (Savannah Palmetto)

This little-known palm tree comes from the west coast of Mexico, where it is found in tropical deciduous forests from southern Culiacan to Guadalajara up to 2500 ". The 40 tall palm resembles the eastern S. palmetto, but with very stiff costapalmate leaves. Plants in a bamboo farm in Georgia take 15 degrees F and, according to Hayes Jackson of Alabama, have plants resistant to 8 degrees F, so we think they should be tried by gardeners who are willing to experiment. S. rosei prefers good drainage soils and areas in full sun. The small plants in our garden lived at 9F in 2009, although the foliage burned down. (Hardness zone at least 8b-10)

Sabal sp. Tamaulipas (Mexican Scrub Palm)

(also known as S. minor YD 17-55) This unique, garden-worthy palm is attracted to S. minor, which is bizarre if you grow these two plants side by side. Sabal sp. Tamaulipas S. minor grows three times faster on steroids, with much larger leaves and much larger seeds. The 6 "wide (center leaning) costapalmate leaves adorn the 8" high knots. Our parent plant comes from a 1988 Yucca Do seed expedition to Taxulipas, Mexico, where these palms were found at around 1,500 altitude. Although seemingly strain-free, older specimens develop a horizontal strain of 4 "lying on the ground. Our oldest plant, installed in 1997, has reached a height of 8 & # 39 ;. (Hardness zone 7b-10)

S. uresana (Sonoran Palmetto)

In the valleys and foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental (Sonora and Chihuahua State) in western Mexico, the Sabal palmetto, who has performed well in the Garden of the 8th Coast, reaches 4,500 altitude. S. uresana is a very slow but ultimately (in the life of grand children) an impressive 30 "tall tree that has a costapalmate with silvery green leaves and a contrasting dark brown trunk. If you like experimenting, Sabal Uresana is good to try.