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Saw Palmetto: Serenoa repens
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|Above: bush in landscape, Below: slash pine understory
||Use: screens, informal hedge, foundations, woodlands, shady gardens, parks, coastal landscapes, wildlife cover
Plant: evergreen, rhizomatous palms to 8', in perfect conditions can form trunk to 20'. One of the best longevities among palms, capable of exceeding 600 years.
Origin: southeast USA along coast and interior forests
Zone: 8 - tropics
Flowers: hanging sprays of tiny, cream flowers. If pollinated, female flowers form black fruits used medicinally
Foliage: large palmate leaves with saw toothed petioles.
Culture: sun to part shade. Rich, well-drained soil. Mulch with pine needles or compost. Shade, salt, and drought tolerant.