I have a limited number of ripe seeds from my only surviving Sabal etonia. This species is native to central and north central Florida. It is a dwarf palm with an underground stem, although rarely it will form a stem up to 6' tall. My mother palm shows strong dwarf traits - it is only 3' tall and 3-4' wide although it is nearly 12 years old and has been flowering for the past 3-4 years. It usually produces a crop of 200-300 seeds, sometimes fewer. Its 2' wide leaves are less costapalmate than most other Sabals, similar to Sabal minor except they are light green instead of blue green. S. etonia has larger fruit than S. palmetto. It is coldhardy to zone 8, marginal in 7. Like all Sabals It loves heat and sun.
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Sabal etonia: 50 seeds @ $10.00 for the lot
Shipping = $5.00 via First Class Mail in a padded envelope.
Total = $15.00
Payment via Paypal
No shipping outside the US. No shipping to HI. PM me if you are interested
By Eric in Orlando
Saturday I visited Mackay Gardens in Lake Alfred, FL, about 60 miles south of Orlando. It is the former estate of Alexander Mackay, a Scottish businessman. He had a house built in 1915 and hired John Morley, a British botanist to design the gardens. Morley was friends with David Fairchild and DF. would send him plants to try out.
There are some old palms there one specimen really intrigued me. It looks like a Sabal palmetto but the inflorescences extend beyond the foliage. There is a tall mature Sabal yapa on the grounds not real far away. Could this palm be a hybrid between S. palmetto and S. yapa?
I am selling in one lot the 2017 germinated offspring from my Sabal etonia mother. She has been flowering the past several years and usually produces a sparse crop of fewer than 50 seeds. I germinated her back in 2008 and planted her in my Caribbean Garden several years later. She is the last surviving S. etonia I have and is about 3' tall x 4' wide. S. etonia is native to north central FL and I don't believe this species tolerates my calcareous, sandy dreck of a soil well. This Sabal is hardy to zone 8a, maybe colder. Rather than try to sell her paltry crop I decided to germinate those seeds and sell the offspring. At this time I have 20+ seedlings from just germinated to 6" tall. Most have multiple strap leaves. Sale is for all offspring in one lot.
Sabal etonia: 20+ germinating/strap leaf Seedlings for $25
Shipping Cost Included in price. Plants will be sent via Priority Mail. I will remove from pot, wrap roots in damp orchid most, clear wrap and foil.
Payment via Paypal
No shipping overseas. No shipping to HI.
NOTE: Please contact me via Private Message.
Photos: Photos 1-4 are of seedlings for sale. Photos 5-6 are of the mother.
By Eric in Orlando
Leu Gardens Spring Plant Sale
March 10 & 11, 2018, Saturday and Sunday
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Shop Leu Gardens’ Annual Spring Plant Sale! Over 50 growers and vendors selling a variety of plants and outdoor accessories to enhance your landscape and home. Bring a wagon or plant cart for your purchases. All vendors take cash and most take credit cards. I will be working at the Leu Gardens booth, #36, so stop by.
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Below are three photos of one of my largest Sabal etonia palms that grow naturally on my property. This particular palm was about the same size when I bought my property in February of 1998. At that time I wasn't familiar with Sabal etonia (scrub palmetto). I thought this palm was just a juvenile Sabal palmetto. I only learned of the Sabal etonia species when I bought a copy of Betrock's Guide to Landscape Palms about a year after I bought my property. Still, I couldn't readily distinguish from a juvenile S. etonia and juvenile S. palmetto.
But one thing I did eventually observe was that S. etonia flowered and set seed with no trunk. I've watched juvenile S. palmetto grow from just more than a seedling to flowering size, but they didn't flower until they had about five feet of trunk, maybe even more.
The below palm exhibits a semi-subterranean trunk (noted by red arrow). Also, the inflorescence shows two orders of branching off the peduncle. The palm's highest fronds (at outer tip of the right uppermost frond) is about 8 feet. This S. etonia is planted next to a Livistona australis (to the right).
In my next posting I will post another of my largest Sabal etonia. This one has inflorescence with 3 orders of branching.