Florida State Tree - Sabal Palm - Sabal palmetto

Sabal Palm or Cabbage Palmetto Arecaceae Sabal palmetto

Leaf: Alternate, palmately compound, fan shaped; leaflets very long (4 to 6 feet) and lance shaped, leaf stalks are long, extend through the leaf, and are without sharp edges; green in color, overall leaf nearly round and several feet long.

Flower: Small white flowers occurring on large (several feet), branched clusters, appearing in early summer.

Fruit: Fleshy drupe, nearly round, 1/3 to 1/2 inch across, dark shiny blue, maturing in early fall and persistent into the winter.

Twig: Absent, since leaves appear directly out of unbranched trunk.

Bark: Gray brown, tough, splits vertically.

Form: Tall (to 80 feet), straight trunk with a short rounded crown.

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Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen,
Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson;Silvics reprinted from Ag
Handbook 654; range map source information
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