Growing Cabbage Palm Trees In Your Yard
Also called Sabal palms, cabbage palm trees are a native American tree that ideal for warm, coastal areas. This handsome tree is one of the most storm resistant trees and is beneficial to people and wildlife alike. The cabbage palm tree’s success is due in part to its soil tolerance levels, as it withstands extreme fluctuations in pH, salt and soil density. In fact, you can plant these palms near saltwater and freshwater and still achieve successful tree growth. One particular soil necessity for the cabbage palm is calcium. Whether this element is supplied by sea shells or sandy soils, the cabbage palm tree uses this particular element in abundance for healthy growth. Another unique cabbage palm tree fact is their leaf growth strategy.
These palm species do not have a dedicated crownshaft, but have leaves simply growing from the trunk surface at the canopy level. As the fronds die off over time, they slowly wilt downward creating a borderline between the canopy and the lower trunk length. Cabbage palm trees that are not pruned regularly may have their trunks completely engulfed in dead fronds. Since these leaves are perfect for nesting pests, the palm needs periodic frond removal so that the tree does not become a home for various pest diseases.