Sabal minor, or the dwarf palmetto, is considered to be one of the hardiest palms available. It grows primarily in the southeastern United States, and its natural habitat extends west to Texas and Oklahoma.

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Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal Minor) Image

Over time, Sabal Minor form a clump about 5-6 feet in height. It grows from a single trunk, which most often grows underground. The presence of a short above-ground trunk may indicate that the plant is actually another palm, perhaps another closely-related species.

Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal Minor) Image

Native to the southeastern United States. It is often very slow growing but can become quite a pest when established. Much of the untamed, swampy lands of the eastern United States are filled with dwarf palmettos. Tends to look like a short tangled mess when growing in the sun, but when grown in shade it is much more attractive in the landscape. Doesn't like to be disturbed after it has established itself, so digging them from the wild tends to be unsuccessful.


Hardiness Zones

USDA Zone 7b: to 5 °F

USDA Zone 8a: to 10 °F

USDA Zone 8b: to 15 °F

USDA Zone 9a: to 20 °F

USDA Zone 9b: to 25 °F

Plant Height

Height 12-15 ft.

Light Exposure

Light - 10% to 40% Shade

Light - 40% to 60% Shade

Growth Rate

Rate - Slow

Rate - Very Slow

Published/Updated on: 01-20-2021