Natural Habitat: Naturally found throughout the South eastern USA, from coastal North Carolina down thru South Carolina and almost all of Florida, including the Bahamas and parts of Cuba.
Description: A tall solitary fan palm that can reach heights over 80 feet tall in habitat, emerging from large oak canopies. The large light green fan leaves emerge from a tight round semi self-cleaning crownshaft. The leaves will eventually either fall off all together or rot off the petioles (branch) and remain on the palm as a boot. The boots can remain on the trunk for a while, but will eventually fall off as the palm grows tall, revealing a light gray or tan trunk. The leaves are often used as Tiki hut roofs or similar thatching.
The palmetto is a very common landscape palm, and is widely used throughout Florida, Texas, and California. They are readily available and economical for most landscapes, plus are drought and neglect tolerant. A large number of the landscape palms used in Florida and shipped out of state, are harvested out of the wild, off large land plots of farm land.
Environment: The palmetto is a very hardy palm that can grow in a wide range of environments, soils and regions. They enjoy a sunny moist area where they can get watered regularly. As seedlings they require a shady area, but can be put into full sun after they reach a 1-3 gallon size. The palmetto is very cold hardy, surviving temperatures close to 0, as well as frosts and freezes. Zones marginal 7b-8-11. They enjoy hot summers, so they can be marginal in some areas of zone 7b, where the summers never get to hot.