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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Serenoa repens (Bartr.) Small
USDA Symbol: sere2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The fan-shaped leaves of this evergreen shrub may be 3 ft. or more across, with harsh, saw-like teeth, or spines, along the petiole. Leaf color ranges from silvery-white or cloudy, blue-green to green. The shrub, usually 10-12 ft., is much-branched horizontally and occasionally becomes a small tree. Small, white, fragrant flowers occur on plume-like branched stalks from leaf axils. Fruit are orange to black when mature.
The Saw Palmetto is a member of the family Arecaceae, the palm family, which includes evergreen trees and shrubs and sometimes vines. Stout or sometimes slender unbranched trunk, not divided into bark and wood and not increasing in diameter. About 2500 species worldwide in tropical and subtropical region;S. 11 native and 1 naturalized tree species and 2 native shrub species in North America; many others southward.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Yellow-Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , SC Native Distribution:
SC to FL & LA Native Habitat:
Pinelands; hammocks; sand dunes; savannas USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Well-drained or seasonally water-logged soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationDescription: Propagation by seed is a slow process.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Picayune, MS
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Record Modified: 2009-06-28
Research By: TWC Staff