Also called cabbage palmetto, cabbage palm, or Carolina palmetto.
Although tree-like in appearance, palm �trees� are taxonomically classified as monocots, placing them in the category of woody stemmed grasses. Nevertheless, the Cabbage Palm was adopted as the official tree of the State of Florida in 1953. The name �cabbage� palm came from the early pioneers, who harvested the bud, called the �heart�, for food that they cooked and ate like cabbage. This was often called �swamp cabbage.�
USA native and Florida state palm occurs near the coast, from Southeastern North Carolina to the Florida Keys, including the coast of northwest Florida. Occurs along sandy shores, often in crowded groves.
Light: Full sunlight to some shade
Water: Very adaptable. Average moisture will do. Tolerates drought.
Patio tree, specimen plant, mass planting, or container plant. Indoors or outdoors. Selected for use where tropical effect is desired. Medium sized, spineless, evergreen palm. Un-branching trunk. Very large, fan-shaped leaves that form a circular crown. When young, gray-brown trunk is rough and covered with old boots of leaf stalks. These stalks fall away, revealing the trunk as the palm matures. Large clusters of inconspicuous flowers appear among the leaves when plants are mature.
Northernmost New World palm, and one of the hardiest. Durable trunks are sometimes used for wharf pilings, docks and poles.
Large fan-shaped leaves used by Seminole Indians of Florida as thatch for their traditional pavilions, called chickees. The large leaf buds of immature cabbage palms are used in southern cooking to make swamp cabbage and hearts of palm salad, but this practice can be lethal! Avoid eating hearts of palm, as most commercially available canned product is obtained from wild stands of Sabal species in Mexico and Central America.
Fast and easy to grow, particularly in moist, sandy soil. Quite likes wet feet and is also salt tolerant. Seeds germinate easily.
Hardy zone 7-10
Seeds are buoyant and salt resistant, requiring no pretreatment in order to break dormancy. Germination is hastened by planting seeds in moist sand at 38� F for 30 days. Optimum planting depth is 0.5 � 1 inch in light soil. Seed survival is reported to be low due to consumption by animals. It is reported reported that as little as 9% of 620,000 seeds produced per acre survived frugivory, that's why I would recommend to start them indoors in a container..
First year growth consists of the primary root, one fully expanded leaf, and a rhizomatous stem