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Giant Sabal uresana

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I visited the UofA arboretum yesterday and came across their row of Sabal uresana plantings. On palm in particular was absolutely massive. Perhaps only three feet of trunk, but leaves easily 10ft long from petiole base to leaf tip, quite possibly more. And this in full sun! These weren’t petioles stretching for light. There was a large Bismarckia maybe 20 feet away - this palm’s crown  was easily 30% larger than the crown on that Bismarckia.

Cant wait til mine are this big:

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ahosey01

Also is S. causiarum larger than S. uresana? Does anyone know?

That might be a @sonoranfans question.

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sonoranfans

My sabal uresana with 6' trunk(leafbases on) has a 28-30" trunk base leafbases on, causiarum has a 40" trunk base without leafbases, yes there is a difference.  But the uresana has a nice thick trunk compared with many fan palms, far thicker than sabal palmetto.  The Causiarum is also about 4-5' wider in crown width.  S. Uresana is well adapted to the sonoran desert, better than causiarum I expect.  I think that uresana is a little larger than mine in crown width.  Its probably happier there than in florida, it is called the "sonoran palmetto".  The bismarckia may be a bit of a runt at U of A in tuscon, a little too cold in tuscon winters -it will die back- for it to be really happy.   

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Stevetoad

When my causiarum was about that size it was considerably wider. Here a pic of when it was about that size. 

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amh
4 hours ago, Stevetoad said:

When my causiarum was about that size it was considerably wider. Here a pic of when it was about that size. 

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Wow, that's a great looking specimen.

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amh
10 hours ago, ahosey01 said:

I visited the UofA arboretum yesterday and came across their row of Sabal uresana plantings. On palm in particular was absolutely massive. Perhaps only three feet of trunk, but leaves easily 10ft long from petiole base to leaf tip, quite possibly more. And this in full sun! These weren’t petioles stretching for light. There was a large Bismarckia maybe 20 feet away - this palm’s crown  was easily 30% larger than the crown on that Bismarckia.

Cant wait til mine are this big:

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Great looking Sabal uresanas, hopefully mine will decide to grow someday.

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