South Carolina State Tree

South Carolina State Tree

Sabal Palm 

Sabal Palm or Cabbage Palmetto Arecaceae Sabal palmetto South Carolina Sabal Palm tree
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.


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


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


Absent, since leaves appear directly out of unbranched trunk.


Gray brown, tough, splits vertically.


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

Copyright 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental
Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen,
Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson;Silvics reprinted from Ag
Handbook 654; range map source information