Serenoa repens

Saw Palmetto

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Description

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Saw palmetto grows in large colonies along the coastal plain of the Southeastern USA, often as an understory to pine trees.Additionally,  it is endemic to and the most common native palm in the USA. This small palm has multiple trunks, typically underground. Additionally, it is prostrate and it spreads by rhizomes to form dense “shrub like” colonies a few feet tall. Sometimes they grow upright to 15 to 20 feet. Each trunk has 3 to 7 palmate leaves ranging in width from 1.5 to 3 feet wide. Leaves on individual plants are green, bluish green or a silver gray.

Furthermore, the petioles are armed with spines and sharp teeth, hence the common name. Dead leaves adhere to the plant and provide fuel for fires, which the palm can withstand. Each plant produces 1 to 3 inflorescences with white flowers. Single-seeded ovoid fruits are 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, black in color at maturity. Seeds are easily germinated. The fruits are edible and a traditional food item of native American peoples. The fruits also have reputed medicinal properties. Saw palmetto is a hardy palm, grows well on sandy or alkaline soils and is frost tolerant. It can serve as a ground cover and an effective barrier plant. It can become a weed in pastures.

Additional information

Gallons

25 gal., 50 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.

Common Name

SILVER SAW PALMETTO, SAW PALMETTO, PALMETTO

Origin

USA

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native

Flowering Season

Spring-Summer

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

Moderate Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Slow Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun to Bright Shade

Flower Color

Inconspicous

Shape

Fan

Plant Type

Evergreen

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