Sabal yapa, Bay Palmetto, Thatch Palm

Sabal yapa

Bay Palmetto, Thatch Palm
Family: Arecaceae / Palmae
Origin: Cuba, Mexico, Central America
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRegular waterPalm or palm-like plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

The Sabal yapa is a small tree reaching 10-20 feet in height, with a slender trunk and fan-shaped leaves of deep and narrow, drooping segments. Native to Cuba, Mexico, and Central America, this palm grows into a mature, cold hardy plant that can tolerate temperatures as low as 30s degrees F for a short time. This palms well-known for its tolerance for seaside locations, making it well suited for areas near oceans, as it is salt tolerant. With easy germination, fast growth, and low maintenance requirements, the Sabal yapa is a perfect fit for gardens in USDA Zones 9-11.

To ensure a happy, healthy Sabal yapa, ensure it receives full sun, along with regular water. During the summer months, be sure to water it frequently and deeply, though it can withstand moderate drought. If planting in a colder region, place the Sabal in a pot, as this will help you bring it indoors during cold weather, providing it with additional protection. During the warmer months it will appreciate hanging baskets and small pots if brought indoors as well as full sun exposure, though keep it away from direct winds that may dry out its fronds. Properly caring for your Sabal yapa will ensure it looks gorgeous and will make the perfect addition to any tropical or subtropical garden.

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