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Are palm trees native to North Carolina?

Merton Vance

The Sabal palmetto, also known as a cabbage palm, and the Sabal minor, or dwarf palmetto, are both native to southeastern North Carolina.

The palmetto  is the state tree of South Carolina and Florida, where they are common. Southeastern North Carolina and the barrier islands of the state are at the northernmost boundaries for the trees, which do not thrive in colder climates.

There is a nature trail on Cape Hatteras that passes thought a native strand of Sabal minor palms.

Here’s more information from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service:


The Pender County Cooperative Extension Service office offers advice on palms and other coastal plants for landscapes: pender.ces.ncsu.edu/files/library/71/Salt%20Tolerant%20Plants.pdf

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Shaun Hill

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One Response to “ Are palm trees native to North Carolina?”

  1. On March 27, 2010 at 2:21 am Rob wrote:

    Cabbage palms appear to be growing alongside I-40 just past the Rocky Point exit heading to Burgaw on the right side of the road

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