cabbage palm
Sabal palmetto
  • ALTERNATE COMMON NAME: cabbage palmetto
  • LEAVES: blades 4-7’; petioles 6-7’ and stiff; blades divided into filimentose segments
  • FLOWER: perfect, small yellow-white; large clusters (up to 6’ long); April to May
  • FRUIT: black drupe, globose, 1/2”
  • TWIGS:
  • BARK: persistent leaf sheaths, not fibrous
  • FORM: palm tree, to 65 feet
  • HABITAT: coastal plain, brackish marshes
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Facultative (FAC): Occurs in wetlands or non-wetlands of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: south Carolina to western Florida; widely planted in south Louisiana
  • USES: Ornamental
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. fan-shaped leaves
    2. trunk covered in persistent leaf sheaths, not fibrous
    3. conspicuous trunk
  • Other Palm Species in Baton Rouge, Louisiana:
  • Windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei)
    Mexican Washington palm (Washingtonia robusta)
    - stout barbs on petioles, fan leaves
    Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis)
    - straight feather leaves
    Jelly palm (Butia capitata)
    - arching feather leaves