Dwarf Palmetto Tree

Sabal minor
Patio Palm Tooltip

This palm tree is one of the most cold-hardy palms available anywhere and will survive typical Atlanta winters. 

Cold-hardy palms provide yearlong greenery and look good even after a snowfall.

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  • Georgia Native withstands temperatures down to 10°F
  • Short palm with a clumping habit that is a great standalone palm or planted in groups
  • Stiff bluish-green fan-shaped fronds atop short trunks that are wind-tolerant
Current delivery method: In-Store Pickup


Deer Resistant Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant Drought Tolerant
Cold Hardy Cold Hardy
Grows Well In Zones: 4-11 Patio/ 7-10 Outdoors
Mature Height: 4-6 ft
Mature Width: 3-5 ft
Sunlight: Indoors: Bright Indirect Light Outdoors: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Growth Rate: Slow
Shape: Shrub
Placement: Indoors, Patio, Outdoors

Q: How tall do Dwarf Palmettos get?
A: Although they have been seen as tall as 8-10 feet in the wild, most Dwarf Palmettos grow to between 4 and 6 feet tall and wide.  

Q: How fast do Dwarf Palmettos grow?
A: Dwarf Palmettos are slow growing, at a rate of 5 inches per year.

Q: Is the fruit produced by Dwarf Palmettos edible?
A:  Although it is edible, the fruit produced by Dwarf Palmettos is nos very tasty.

1. Sunlight:  Dwarf Palmettos prefer full sun, but they can tolerate locations with partial sunlight as well.  

2. Watering: When newly planted, be sure to water your palm 3 times a week for the first month. After it is established, it is drought tolerant and only needs to be watered once a week unless it rains. Make sure you water thoroughly to make sure the bottom roots receive water at every watering. The amount of water per palm may range from 2 gallons for small containerized material to 15 gallons for larger palms. 

Watering varies depending on the time of year and the outside temperature and weather. Here is a guideline for how much to water in any given season:

Winter: (60 degrees or less) no need to water, except for the first 30 days after installation.

Spring: (75 degrees or less) water palm once a week.

Beginning of Summer: (90 degrees or less) 2-3 times a week.

Heat of Summer: (90 degrees and above) 4-5 times a week.

Plants in a container need more constant watering than those planted on the ground. 

Overwatering or bad drainage can cause permanent damage to the roots over time. Placing mulch over the roots can help with water retention. Use caution not to allow the mulch to touch the base of the palm, otherwise it can cause rot.

3. Fertilization: Dwarf Palmettos should be fertilized three times a year in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Use a general purpose blend specific to palms, and be sure to follow the instructions on the label. 

4. Soil: Dwarf Palmettos tolerate most soils, as long as they drain well. If necessary, add some sand to the soil mix to help it drain better. 

5. Pruning: The Dwarf Palmetto has minimal pruning requirements. However, if you decide to prune the brown frond before it naturally falls off, be careful not to do so when there is still some green color remaining. 

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