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I found this growing at Well-Spring Retirement Community in Greensboro, NC.  My first thought was that a resident must’ve planted it - but it’s in a weird location (full shade behind some bushes). I spoke to the head horticulturist and he said it just came up volunteer and has been growing there for several years.  He believes there must’ve been palmetto seed in a load of mulch they put out.  Either way, definitely pretty cool to see one popping up this far from its native range. 
 

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knikfar
29 minutes ago, NCFM said:

I found this growing at Well-Spring Retirement Community in Greensboro, NC.  My first thought was that a resident must’ve planted it - but it’s in a weird location (full shade behind some bushes). I spoke to the head horticulturist and he said it just came up volunteer and has been growing there for several years.  He believes there must’ve been palmetto seed in a load of mulch they put out.  Either way, definitely pretty cool to see one popping up this far from its native range. 
 

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If its a sabal minor, they seed and spread like crazy here in Raleigh. It wouldn't surprise me if a bird pooped out some seeds in that location and up the palm went. 

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NCFM
2 hours ago, knikfar said:

If its a sabal minor, they seed and spread like crazy here in Raleigh. It wouldn't surprise me if a bird pooped out some seeds in that location and up the palm went. 

Those long petioles make me think it’s Sabal palmetto but I could be wrong.  Sabal minor naturalizes in Greensboro too and is now growing wild in several local parks:

https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/65878-more-naturalized-sabal-minor-and-needle-palm-in-greensboro-nc/

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tjwalters
2 hours ago, NCFM said:

Those long petioles make me think it’s Sabal palmetto but I could be wrong.  Sabal minor naturalizes in Greensboro too and is now growing wild in several local parks:

https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/65878-more-naturalized-sabal-minor-and-needle-palm-in-greensboro-nc/

That deep center split makes me think S. minor.  The long petioles could be due to the full-shade location.

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NCFM
1 hour ago, tjwalters said:

That deep center split makes me think S. minor.  The long petioles could be due to the full-shade location.

Hmm good point.  I might have to go back and get some more close up pictures

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Manalto

Nice to see palms naturalizing in NC. Sabals seem to like to sprout against walls, where I suppose trapped moisture aids germination and radiant heat offers protection. I tend to snap photos of these intrepid volunteers when I spot them. I guess I like the uncluttered setting. Here's my latest:

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Palmy Pal

Yeah it’s not too crazy. Sabal Palmetto and Sabal Minor are both native to NC and minor can be found in the wild as far as Charlotte maybe farther so I can see how it would be easy for palmettos to spread farther inland. 

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teddytn

I hope they let it do it’s thing and don’t dig it up.

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NCFM
1 hour ago, Palmy Pal said:

Yeah it’s not too crazy. Sabal Palmetto and Sabal Minor are both native to NC and minor can be found in the wild as far as Charlotte maybe farther so I can see how it would be easy for palmettos to spread farther inland. 

I was under the assumption that it was sabal palmetto which would be much more "crazy" since Greensboro is far inland - almost 200 miles from their natural range.  And,  there are no other palms on the Well-Spring campus for it to have naturalized from

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PalmatierMeg

I'm leaning toward S. minor, which has flatter, i.e., less costapalmate, leaves than palmetto. I also see a distinct blue tint to those leaves, Palmettos are usually greener.

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Bigfish

Looks like young Sabal palmetto to me.

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