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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Serenoa repens

Saw palmetto

Scientific Name:

Serenoa repens

Genus:

Serenoa

Species Epithet:

repens

Common Name:

Saw palmetto

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Arecaceae (Palm Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Size:

6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July, August

Habitat Description:

Pine flatwoods and maritime forests

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Nothing Specified

Leaf Form:

Nothing Specified

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Saw palmetto helps provide primary habitat for the wildlife of southern
Florida's palmetto prairies. Distinctive species include the crested
caracara, the Florida burrowing owl, and the Florida sandhill crane [6].
As a member of scrub communities, saw palmetto provides essential
habitat for sand skinks, the Florida mouse, and a variety of birds,
including the Florida scrub jay--a threatened subspecies [4]. Black
bears feed on saw palmetto fruit [17] and the young shoots which sprout
after winter fires in the Florida flatwoods [16]. White-tailed deer
also eat saw palmetto fruit, especially during dry years [13].https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/serrep/all.html

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/serrep/all.html



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