Scrub palmetto
Sabal etonia
Arecaceae


Landscape Uses:

Accent shrub in dry soils.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description:
Medium shrubby palm, almost always with an underground trunk, but rarely the trunk exposed to 3 feet in height.
Height:
Typically 5-10 feet in height. About as broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
Slow.
Range:
Peninsular Florida from Clay County south to Lake Okeechobee and then along the east coast south to Miami-Dade County.
Habitats:
Scrub and scrubby flatwoods.
Soils:
Moist to dry, well-drained sandy soils, with or without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low to moderate; it can grow in nutrient poor soils or soils with some organic content.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
Creamy white.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy inflorescence.
Flowering Season:
Spring-summer.
Fruit:
Globose bluish-black berry.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides significant food and cover for wildlife. Larval host for monk skiller (Asbolis capucinus) butterflies. Nectar plant for butterflies. Birds and other animals eat the fruits.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:


Susan Trammell
Susan Trammell
George D. Gann
George D. Gann
George D. Gann
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton

Shirley Denton