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 occur 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 the unbranched trunk.


Gray-brown, tough, split vertically.


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

South Carolina Sabal Palm tree
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