Saw Palmetto is a shrubby palm species native to Florida and common throughout the state. Plants are typically 2 to 8 feet tall. They arise from subterranean or prostate stems and may grow in clumps up to 18 feet in diameter. The palmate leaves of saw palmetto are 2 to 3 feet in diameter and are borne on sharply saw-toothed petioles (leaf stems) that are approximately 2 feet long. Flowering occurs between February and April on branches that are approximately 2 feet long, and flowers produce round fruits called "drupes" that are 0.5 inches in diameter and ripen from September to October.
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Tree Campus information provided with permission of the Environmental Horticulture Department, UF/IFAS Extension, Publication #SS-AGR-341, one of a series. Original publication date March 2011. Revised September 2012. Reviewed October 2015. For more information visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.