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Texas Palmetto, Mexican Palmetto, Rio Grande Palmetto, Victoria Palmetto, Palma de Micharos, Texas Palm
Sabal mexicana

Palmae (Arecaceae)

Texas palmettos are native to extreme South Texas, although they are cold hardy enough for use in all but extreme north Texas. Wild Texas palmettos used to be much more wide-spread before extensive land in the lower Rio Grande Valley was cleared. Now they are relatively rare, but they are widely planted as an ornamental. They can eventually become large palms, with a stout trunk, but they are slow growers.

Plant Habit or Use: medium tree large tree

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: white to creamy white, 7 to 8 ft. stalks

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: black berry-like fruit

Height: to 50 ft.

Width: to 15 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: medium low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

Additional Comments: The last native groves of Texas palmetto are in the Audubon Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary in Cameron County.

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