16 species. The genus Sabal is distributed from Bermuda and southern North America through Central America and the Caribbean to northern South America. Sabal palmetto is the state tree of Florida and is very common in natural and artificial landscapes as far north as the Carolinas. Sabal minor, a short-stemmed species, is reported to be hardy in even colder climates. All species of Sabal are easy to grow with very little care in South Florida.

Bermuda fan palm (=S. bermudana); Blue-stem palmetto (=S. minor); Bush palmetto (=S. minor); Cabbage palm (=S. palmetto); Dwarf palmetto (=S. minor); Hispaniolan palmetto (=S. domingensis); Little blue-stem (=S. minor); Miami palmetto (=S. miamiensis); Palma de Sombrero (=S. causiarum); Palmetto palm (=S. palmetto); Puerto Rican hat palm (=S. causiarum); Rio Grande palmetto (=S. mexicana); Scrub palmetto (=S. etonia); Sonoran palmetto (=S. uresana); Texas palmetto (=S. mexicana)
Fairchild resources
83 images 260 plants 100 Herbarium sheets 29 DNA samples

Conservation status
Species Status Redlist data Criteria
Sabal bermudana Endangered EN B1+2cd 1994
Sabal gretheriae Vulnerable VU D2 1994
Sabal pumos Vulnerable VU A1c 1994
Sabal uresana Vulnerable VU A1c 1994
Source: IUCN 2004. 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. <>. Downloaded on 24-Aug-05.
Cultivation in S. Florida Easy to grow Size Moderate to large
Light requirements Moderate to high Water requirements Moderate
Hardiness USDA zone 8 Elevation Medium
Soil pH Moderate (neutral) to high (alkaline) Hybridization Not reported
Lethal yellowing Not known to be susceptible Availability High