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Bush palmetto  

Sabal minor

Bush palmetto is part of the Sabal genus. Its scientific name is Sabal minor. The botanical name epithet for Bush palmetto (minor) means 'small'.

Dwarf palmetto grows in the understory of woods across a broad swath of the Southeastern US.A.1

When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Smoky black. Bush palmetto is a flowering ornamental evergreen, it will keep its leaves throughout the year. Bush palmetto normally grows with a clump-forming habit to a mature height of 2.13 metres (that's 6.93 feet imperial). Try planting Bush palmetto if you'd like to attract bees and birds to your garden.

United States is believed to be where Bush palmetto originates from.

Bush palmetto is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Bush palmetto have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Bush palmetto

  • Full Shade

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  • Partial Sun

  • Low

Enjoys a full shade / partial sun position in your garden and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 8 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Bush palmetto needs a sandy, loamy and clay soil with a ph of 5.5 to 6.5 (weakly acidic soil). Keep in mind when planting that Bush palmetto is thought of as hardy, so Bush palmetto will tend to go dormant or grow slowly over the winter months.

See our list of companion Plants for Bush palmetto to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Bush palmetto from seed

Seedlings have very low vigor. This palm will self sow. Remove seed pods to prevent unwanted seedlings.

Transplanting Bush palmetto

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Bush palmetto is a hardy plant.

Common Bush palmetto problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Bush palmetto plants:

Bush palmetto Folklore & Trivia

The fruits of this plant are important food for robins and raccoons.

Other names for Bush palmetto

Dwarf palmetto, Dwarf palm, Blue palm, Blue palmetto

Sabal minor (Jacq.) Pers.

Bush palmetto care instructions

How long does Bush palmetto take to grow?

These estimates for how long Bush palmetto takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world. Start logging and journaling your observations to participate!


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