Sabal minor, commonly called dwarf palmetto, is a fan palm native to rich soils of moist forests, ravines, flood plains, and bottomlands from North Carolina to Florida west to Oklahoma and Texas. The landscape has become noted for its excellent winter hardiness and tropical appearance.
It is a small shrubby plant with an underground trunk, long smooth unarmed petioles, and huge deeply-divided palmate leaves (each 1-5’ tall and wide). Each leaf features narrow pointed segments in the shape of a fan. This palm typically grows to 6’ tall and as wide. Yellowish-white flowers in compound panicles (6’ long) bloom in summer. Fruit is a single-seeded shiny black drupe.
Light: Full sun to Part Shade
Water: Low to Moderate
Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10
Origin: Texas, Southeastern U.S.