The Saw Palmetto is native to North America and is one of the most cold tolerant palms available to people in northern climates. Saw Palmettos have been found in parts of the southeastern United States and estimated to be 500 to 700 years old. Saw Palmettos typically are thought of as a shrubby dwarf palm, however, occasionally they may reach heights of 15 feet. The Saw Palmetto is cold hardy from 0 to -5 degrees Fahrenheit. They are an important part of the coastal plains eco-system of the southeast, providing shelter and protection for many small animals and reptiles.
The seed of the Saw Palmetto is prized by pharmaceutical companies and is used for the treatment of prostate gland swelling. Saw Palmettos are excellent for growing as a dwarf palm under larger palms or as a palm hedge. The Saw Palmetto has a light to medium green palmate leaf with harmless serrated stems. It is an excellent choice for naturalizing around the base of pines and is tolerant of sun or shade. The Saw Palmetto Palms are tough plants: these cold hardy palms are also resistant to fire and drought. (Grows in Zones 6-10. Refer to Zone Map.)