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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Botanical Garden

  • Botanical Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    8 8 9 9b 10 10b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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

    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

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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