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Palmettos are the most northern palm to grow in the United States. They were a common food source for southern Native American tribes.

Latin Name

Sabal palmetto



Also Known As

Cabbage Palmetto Carolina Palmetto

Type of Plant

Tropical Tropical


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 40'
Max spread Max Spread: 15'


  • Ornamental

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Native Range

    Southern United States, Caribbean


    In 1785, William Blake of Charleston, SC sent seeds and plants to Mount Vernon, where they were like planted in the Botanic Garden.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Botanical Garden

  • Botanical Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    8a 8b 9a 9b 10a 10b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 8a 8b 9a 9b 10a 10b

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