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Sabal minor 'Bear Creek'

Scrub Palmetto

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Item #: 6878

Zones: 7a to 10b, at least

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 54" tall

Culture: Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

I was very surprised to see this westernmost population of Sabal minor in 2003 in Kendall County, Texas, near the famed town of Luckenbach (north of San Antonio). Here, Sabal minor grew along an oft-flooding creek below giant bald cypress, which were nestled into a steep valley below the dry desert. The palm leaflets were slightly narrower and the leaves more costapalmate (folding in the center) than on most Sabal minor. Additionally, several of the plants had more than 1' of aboveground trunk. The 7' tall, very upright flower spikes were much taller than what I usually see in the east. In the garden, our plants have matured as 4'5" tall clumps with 3' wide leaves. Thanks to Texas plantsman Steve Lowe for his help in visiting the palms and securing seed.