“Dwarf Palmetto Palm”
Natural Habitat: Naturally found throughout the Southeastern United States including; Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North & South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. It is usually found growing in lowland swampy areas under canopy of deciduous forests.
Description: A small understory palm that can have either a subterranean or above ground trunk, usually depending on its environment. If the minor does not form a trunk it will reach 4-6 feet in height all from its leaves seemingly emerging right from the ground. If the minor develops a trunk it can slowly reach 15-20 feet high with a 10-15 foot trunk. The costapalmate leaves are very variable in color and can be dark green, yellow green or green blue.
The S. minor can share its natural habitat with another similar looking Sabal palm, the Sabal etonia. The minor can be correctly identified by its inflorescence that emerges from the crownshaft and sticks straight up, usually towering over the palm highest leaf by a foot or two.
The minor is usually used as ground cover and is a great palm planted under larger palms. The minor tends to grow much more attractive under shade, with longer petioles and greener leaves.
Environment: The Sabal minor is extremely hardy and can survive in a wide range of environments. It can grow in both full sun and full shade. It is also drought tolerant and flood tolerant, being well suited for dry regions or areas that are regularly flooded. It is also very cold tolerant and can survive hard freezes and frosts. Zones 6-11. In zones 6-8 the minor may lose all of its leaves during freezing weather but will come back fine in the spring.