Sabal Palm (Sabal palmetto)


Sabal Palm

Sabal palmetto

  • Other common names include Cabbage Palm, Palmetto, Cabbage Palmetto, Blue Palmetto, Carolina Palmetto, Common Palmetto, Swamp Cabbage
  • Can grow to be a Medium to Large palm tree
  • Salt tolerant so that they are well-suited for coastal planting
  • Extremely hardy
  • Low maintenance
  • Slow growth rate

The Sabal Palm initially appears as fronds growing directly from the ground. After a few years, it begins to develop a unique trunk pattern formed from the old fronds that have been trimmed off, making it a favorite candidate for landscaping as an ornamental! Hailing from the Gulf Coast through the Caribbean, Mexico, as well as Central and South America, the slow growing Sabal palmetto is also known as the Cabbage Palm – the white, crisp palm hearts that many say has a taste similar to artichokes. Native American peoples in the southeastern United States used this palm tree for a variety of purposes, from food to housing.

Out here in the Southwest, this beautiful and versatile palm can grow into a medium to large tree over time, with an unbranched trunk featuring pineapple-like markings and medium-green fanlike leaves that add tropical beauty to all landscapes. Sabal Palms are very salt and drought tolerant, so they are an excellent choice for coastal planting in Southern California where their stunning tropical beauty blends in perfectly with the coastal scenery. Many of these Sabal palmetto’s are in botanical gardens including the Huntington Library, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, and private gardens throughout the Southwest.

Sabal Palms are extremely hardy plants that love full sun exposure. They have low to moderate watering needs once established and are adaptable to a wide range of soils, so it is an excellent candidate for those harder to plant areas! A great choice for Palm newbies, this is a low maintenance plant that is easy to grow and requires very little pruning – you don’t need to have a green thumb to grow one! We love to plant Sabal palmetto’s like a centerpiece in a front yard or blending it in its surrounding to create a relaxed, naturalistic look that is sure to increase property value and curb appeal!

Though these tend to grow very slowly, Palm Paradise is proud to offer this harder to find palm in bigger sizes, in fact, we have the larger trees available in smaller containers, so you get better bang for your buck! And, we have been growing these from our stock of prized specimen trees for over 20 years – we can assure their quality is the best you’ll find anywhere!


Medium size, slower growing

Cold hardy and thrives in full sun

Very wide variety of landscape applications

Low maintenance and little pruning