16 Mar The Palmetto is More than Just a Headache in Rush Hour! Here’s the History of the Native Sabal Palm
The state of Florida is home to a variety of beautiful plants and greenery. Some have been reintroduced from other parts of the world, but many are native to the sunshine state. One such Native Tree is the Native Sabal Palm. These palms are such a central part of life in South Florida that one of our major highways, the Palmetto, is named after it. Read on to learn more about this amazing tree.
Commonly known as the Sabal Palmetto, this Native Tree is categorized as a “cabbage palm.” It is one of 15 species of palmetto palms found in most Southern, lowland areas. These sabal palmettos can be found all across South Florida’s coastlines, as well as in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, and Cuba.
They are relatively large and can grow to be up to 65 feet. That is why you will regularly see them towering over homes in a residential area or lining the highway on your commute.
These beautiful plants are a favorite selection for individuals who partake in landscaping in a subtropical climate. This is because Sabal Palmettos are tolerant of drought and salt spray, both aspects that are typically found in South Florida. The decision to deeply integrate these plants into everyday Floridian life did not happen overnight. In fact, it takes years to establish them successfully.
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Another great feature of the Native Sabal Palm is that they are hurricane resistant. As you may already know, the months between June to November can be unpredictable in the state of Florida. As hurricane season makes its way to our shores, we are constantly at risk of developing severe storms, some of which have had disastrous effects on the state in the past. For that reason, many Floridians keep a hurricane prevention mentality in play all year round. By planting these Native Tree in areas that are highly populated by human beings, they are strong enough to withstand strong winds and are less likely to fall and cause extreme damage to surrounding property.
If you are considering introducing the Sabal Palmetto to your landscape, there are a few things you should take into account. It is typical for flower stalks and fronds to fall from the tree and create a bit of a mess in a yard if it is not cleaned up regularly. The seeds that fall from it also sprout readily, calling for careful control on your part or by your lawn maintenance professional. Strangler figs tend to grow along the bottom of these trees and can overwhelm the palm entirely if they are not handled in time.
While some careful maintenance may be required, you should not give up hope yet! Sabal Palmettos are gorgeous trees that can add a lot of property value to your home. If you should ever sell your home in the future, having an array of these palms on your yard and surrounding land can be a huge selling point for individuals who want a natural appeal. The trees can be transplanted as an adult, which means you will have a fair amount of wiggle room to design your yard in the way that you imagine.
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