If you ever have had the pleasure to take a cruise ship to the Bahamas, there is a good chance you had to travel to Florida to board the ship for your adventure. And when in Florida you had to notice the abundance of Palm trees that lined the avenues and neighborhoods.
Believe it or not, even though they may look alike they are not. There are over 2,500 species of palm trees all over the world and most of them are in one part or another of the United States. Many of them are located in the Southeastern and Southwestern United States in Florida and California.
One of the most common varieties in Florida is called the Cabbage Palm or Palmetto. This particular palm tree is a flexible and hardy plant that thrives on sunlight. It sucks nutrients out of the poorest soil and can even endure the occasional cold weather. It is native to North America.
These palms range from 30 to 40 feet tall although if left to grow in the wild can reach heights of 80 feet. They can spread from 10 to 15 feet so leave room for growth if you plan on planting one. It is susceptible to disease like the giant palm weevil, the cabbage palm caterpillar and keep your eyes open for butt rot (ganoderma).
In the summer the palm bears small white flowers clusters held by 2ft long branches and produces a small black fruit which is edible.
Even though they are prevalent in Florida this particular palm can be found in many other states such as Southern Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Nevada, California, Oregon and even Washington.