Sabal palmetto

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The Sabal palm has a tolerance to grow in a variety of soils such as clay, loam, and sand. The palm can tolerate soil salt very well. It best grows when in a neutral to alkaline soils that are rich in calcium. It is adapted for extended flooding Picture taken by John Riceand also has a high drought tolerance. The palm grows best when in part shade and part sun but it is able to grow with full sun exposure as well. The palmetto is able to survive in the temperature range of 97 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. The cabbage palm is the most wind-resistant tree in southern Florida. It is extremely resistant to most damaging insects and other kinds of pathogens.

The cabbage palm is an unbranched palm tree. The tree can grow up to a height of 82 feet with a stem that can have the diameter of 12 to 24 inches. Typically in most cabbage palms the diameter of the stem is uniform from the base of the tree to the crown. The leaves of the tree have a base (boots) that can persist on the stem or slough off. This gives the stem a smooth appearance. The stem is very sturdy and is able to withstand strong winds and harsh conditions.

The leaves of the palmetto are fan-shaped, divided, and spineless. The leaves can grow to be three to nine feet long. The flowers that grow on the tree are a creamy to a yellowish white. They appear in arching and drooping clusters. The flowers produce a fruit that are small, black, fleshy and contains aFruit from Sabal palmetto single brown spherical seed.

The root of the cabbage palm is described as short and bulbous. The underground stem is surrounded by a cluster of roots with small, light orange roots that are found as deep as 15 to 20 feet into the soil.


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