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Cabbage Palmetto is a member of the Sabal family. Its botanical name is Sabal palmetto.

Tall fan palm with a solitary trunk reaching 80 ft. in height. The Sabal palmetto is the State tree of Florida and South Carolina. Growing slowly to 40 ft. and very old ones reaching 60 to 80 ft. The trunk keeps its basal remnants of the leaf stalk forming the “boots”. Debris accumulates on the “boots” and ferns and other epiphytes grow on these boots.1

Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Light yellow. Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to   Rich black.

Cabbage Palmetto grows as a perennial and is a flowering ornamental / cycad. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).

Cabbage Palmetto is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 19.81 metres (64.39 feet).

Try planting Cabbage Palmetto if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.

United States is believed to be where Cabbage Palmetto originates from.

Cabbage Palmetto tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

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How to grow Cabbage Palmetto

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Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. The USDA Zones typically associated with Cabbage Palmetto are Zone 8 and Zone 11. Cabbage Palmetto is generally regarded as a hardy plant, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

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

Growing Cabbage Palmetto from seed

Aim for a seed spacing of approx. 5.94 feet (1.83 metres).

Transplanting Cabbage Palmetto

Cabbage Palmetto is hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

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Cabbage Palmetto Folklore & Trivia

The growing heart of the new fronds (also known as the terminal bud), gives the palm tree its “cabbage” name, since this can be harvested as a food and resembles a cabbage head in shape (this is the key ingredient for a “heart of palm salad”)" This is a discontinued practice since the palm will not survive without the terminal bud.2

The roots of the cabbage palm can spread to 8’ around the tree’s trunk, providing a solid base during storms.3

Other names for Cabbage Palmetto

Cabbage Palm, Sabal Palmetto, swamp cabbage

Sabal palmetto (Walter) Lodd. ex Schult. & Schult. f.

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1 “A Gardener’s Guide to Florida’s Native Plants” by Rufino Osorio

2 State Symbol USA


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