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Scrub palmetto
Sabal etonia

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

General Landscape Uses: Accent shrub in dry soils.

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.

Dimensions: 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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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