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Re: Sabal palmetto vs Sabal mexicana
I don't have any real personal experience comparing the two in the ground yet. I have raised both at small sizes in pots. While sabals in general have out-performed needles and trachycarpus at seedling (up to two gallon size) sizes in my experience, palmetto seem to be the most likely to die on me in winter. (Between minor, palmetto, and mexicana) I can't say it is temperatures, but overall winter stress. I tend to neglect my potted plants in winter. They don't get much water and are often too dry. So occasionally I have even small sabal minor die on me if the combination of drought and cold is too much.
Mexicanas seem to take these conditions very well honestly. So they may not be as leaf hardy as a palmetto, but for me they are faster and tougher.
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