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A picture of a Dwarf Palmetto

Dwarf Palmetto

Sabal minor

Also known as

Fan-Palm, Scrub palmetto, Bush palmetto, Palmetto

Photo by mbelitz (CC0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









More images of Dwarf Palmetto

A Sabal minor palm tree with green-grey fan-shaped foliage
A close up of a large green fan-shaped Sabal minor leaf
A close up of some fan-shaped leaves of a Sabal minor palm tree

Dwarf Palmetto Overview

Sabal minor is a small, evergreen, single-stemmed palm species which has showy foliage and is also grown for the overall architectural appearance. Originating from the West Indies and the Americas, this genus is characterised by its deeply divided, fan-shaped leaves and this plant is commonly known by the name Dwarf Palmetto. The leaf bases are often retained on the trunk, forming bundles below the tree crown. This species produces small, white 3-petalled flowers from in between the leaves. Considered hardy, they can cope with temperatures as low as -12 degrees Celsius, so are a popular choice for temperate garden planting. Light is one of the most important considerations for this plant, it can cope with freezing temperatures but often struggle from a lack of summer heat and light in temperate regions and thus growing slowly over the summer. This species requires hot, humid tropical summer weather to thrive.

Common problems with Dwarf Palmetto

How to propagate Dwarf Palmetto


You can propagate from fresh seed in spring.

Special features of Dwarf Palmetto

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Dwarf Palmetto

Grown for their foliage and overall appearance.


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