Sabal palms are easy-to-grow, subtropical, evergreens native to the Southeastern US. While many species are cold hardy, Sabal palms prefer warm summers and will not survive well in cool summer climates. If you're looking for a cold hardy sabal, Sabal minor 'McCurtain' is hardy to USDA Zone 6b, possibly colder.
More Information About Sabal
Although many species, such as Sabal minor are US natives (including North Carolina), sabal palms are often overlooked as an important element of a native plant garden. Forever pushing the limits of cold hardiness to bring new plants to you, we have assembled a group of cold hardy sabal palms for sale from various seed sources. You can grow sabal palm trees in a mixed border for their dramatic bold foliage or as a mass naturalistic planting.
Sabal Palm Growing Conditions
Some subterranean-trunked sabal palms can be grown as far north as Zone 6 which includes northern Oklahoma, Kentucky, southern Pennsylvania, and coastal Massachusetts. Sabal palm trees prefer warm summers and will not survive well in cool summer climates such as in the Pacific Northwest (try trachycarpus instead). In all cold climates, we recommend growing indoors for a season before planting outdoors. Winter mulch protection for the first few years is always helpful in colder climates. Some species, such as the shrub Sabal minor, grow as marginal plants near swamps in warmer locations, while the tree form Sabal palmetto and dwarf Sabal etonia grow in drier soils.
Check out our article on Sabal minor.