South Carolina State Tree – Sabal Palm – 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
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.
Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen,
Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson;Silvics reprinted from Ag
Handbook 654; range map source information