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Sargent's palm, Sargent's cherry palm
Pseudophoenix sargentii
Arecaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Accent or specimen palm.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Historical populations are being augmented at Biscayne National Park and reintroduced at Long Key State Park. These are the only historical locations in South Florida.
Availability:
Widely cultivated.
Description:
Shrub or small tree.
Growth Rate:
Slow.
Range:
South Florida, the West Indies, southern Mexico and Belize. In South Florida, native only to Elliott Key in Miami-Dade County and Long Key in the Monroe County Keys. Very slow growing and apparently not spreading from cultivation elsewhere. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.
Habitats:
Coastal hammocks.
Soils:
Moist, very well-drained limestone or sandy soils, with or without a humusy top layer.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderately low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water, but tolerates short term inunation by salt water from storm surge with minimal damage.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
Yellow.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
All year.


 


Roger L. Hammer
Roger L. Hammer
Keith A. Bradley
George D. Gann
in cultivation, Dominican Republic, 2011
George D. Gann
in cultivation, Dominican Republic, 2011