Serenoa Repens

"Saw Palmetto"

Our most priced possession; we have been growing the Palmetto for the past 20 years.

Known for its cold-hardiness and extraordinary toughness, this slow growing palm can grow in most soil conditions. With native plants becoming more in demand, this palm has established itself well in the landscape industry. Known mostly for the green variety, the blue-green form, commonly known as “silver”, has become a landscape favorite. The silver variety occurs naturally along the Atlantic coast of Florida. Whereas the green variety grows throughout Florida, southern Georgia, Alabama, and coastal Carolinas. The palmetto has been introduced as far north as Virginia Beach and coastal Maryland and as far west to the entire gulf coast, coastal Oregon and Washington. Large specimens are not transplanted easily, so the palmetto is best established from potted plants. This palm, unless severely abused, can live forever.

  • 5.5 - 8.0
  • 5.5 - 7.0
High
High
4’ to 6’
Full sun to moderate canopy

An Excellent plant for buffering. Also good for traffic control to reduce severity of vehicular impact and screen on-coming headlights. Establishes well on the leeward side of the coastal dune line where blowing sand only encourages this palm to grow more stout, and with the prostate growth habit of its rhizomes as well as its extensive root system helps to secure the dunes. The silver variety is more aggressive than the green variety.

Sabal Minor

"Dwarf Bluestem Palmetto"

An evergreen shrub of extraordinary hardiness for a palm. Growing on calcareous bluffs and flood plains from North Carolina to Texas. Western plants often develop a vertical stems from 1’- 6’ high but eastern and Florida plants grow on horizontal and subterranean stems. Leaves are fan shaped, more or less orbicular, flat, evergreen, coriacous and fibrous.

5 - 8 on rich, often heavy soil, silts and clays. Sand is suitable if nutrients are added

Quite high, sea water can kill them if inundated for long periods

Height of the leaf up to 9’ on plants of western origin, somewhat less on plants of peninsular Floridian origin, generally 4’ to 6’

Shade when young, full sun results in large bold individuals

This palm is of particular use in shaded or half shaded sites which freeze during the winter, as a tropical looking screen. Also does well in full sun locations as a medium height bedding planting.

Zamia Pumila

"Coontie"

This broadleaf gymnosperm with leathery, evergreen pinnate leaves may resemble a fern or a young stemless palm, but is in fact more closely related to pines. Coontie is a northern outlier of a West Indian group of species that grow in areas of exposed limestone. In Florida, this native cycad grows from the everglades to north Florida. Stems are fleshy, much thickened and subterranean. Stems will die if exposed to freezing. This native cycad, unless abused, can live forever.

6 - 8.5 on sandy, calcium rich well drained or even dry soil
A rosette of pinnate leaves emerging from the ground

The height of the leaf, usually less than 3’

Shade - full sun

The ability of this species to tolerate dry, poor soil makes it ideal for bedding on road medians.

Rapidophyllum Hystrix

"Native lady palm"

Leaves closely resemble the Rhapis excelsea palm, commonly known as the "Lady Palm" or "Needle Palm".

This long lived cold hardy palm, perhaps the worlds most cold tolerant palm, has long petiolate fan shaped leaves and a densely spiny low growing trunk. It is native to the rich calcareous soil bluffs and bottom lands from South Carolina to Mississippi. It is a species of shady hardened forests. Leaves fan shaped 20” to 30” wide on a long slender unarmed leaf stalk, usually well over 3’ long on mature plants. Maximum height is about 10’ tall. Male plant often single stemmed, while females occur as mounding clusters with short vertical stems. This palm, unless abused, can live forever. Also, this palm has been planted to grow as far north as the great lakes and survives under snow cover.

6 - 8 with high nutrients

a spherical deep green mound with a trunk that looks more or less like a porcupine

Low

Screening for areas of deep shade, a tropical look in the temperate zone. Will adapt to full sun as a specimen plant or buffer planting.

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