Pseudophoenix sargentii

Florida cherry-palm, buccaneer palm

Arecaceae (Palmae)

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 10-25 ft    Width: 8-10 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage, interesting bark


Recommended Uses: Specimen plant. The smooth old leaf bases give this palm an elegant tropical look. Good salt and wind tolerance make this a good choice for somewhat sheltered coastal settings.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Native nurseries, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock
Soil pH Range: Calcareous


Native Habitats: Tropical rockland hammock. Cultivated.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

This species is endangered in Florida. Please acquire only through reputable nurserymen. To maintain the genetic integrity of the species, please use only local (Florida) stock (the species also grows in the Caribbean). This species was almost eliminated from its Florida Keys natural populations by a combination of theft, vandalism, habitat destruction, and Hurricane Andrew.