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Re: Water preferences of various Sabal varieties
Oh, I think all Sabals prefer wet feet. But they ARE adaptable to drier situations, if they can get well established before being tested.
As for the size factor, a Sabal minor growing in a situation with a high water table, like in a swamp, or on the banks of a body of water, is probably also growing in at least half-day shade. That combination of shade & plentiful water tends to lead to longer petioles (a taller plant) as well as a bigger leafed plant due to the plant not needing to go with smaller fronds to conserve water.
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
Last 30 Years Avg. Winter Low: 7.50F
Last 20 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.35F
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Favorite Palms: Species: Phoenix Canariensis / Genus: Sabal