Sabal louisiana  texana & texensis In Their Natural Habitats
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Sabal louisiana
 
 
This is how Sabal louisiana looks in its native habitate. They often grow in shade and never develop much of a trunk. Unlike other trunking sabals that have a very pleasing to view trunk, louisiana has a very ugly ragged trunk. Flood waters can be the demise for trunked Sabal louisiana. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Cultivated Sabal louisiana in full sun look great like 
these at Avery Island, Louisiana.



 

One of the easiest ways in my opinion to differentiate 
young untrunked Sabal louisiana from Sabal minor is 
louisiana's elevated pseudo-crownshaft. Sabal minor will never 
have any pseudo-crownshaft showing unless the soil has 
been removed.

 
 
Sabal texensis
 
 
While Sabal texensis is not a offical species it does have it's own natural reproducing population and range. It is unique unlike any other sabal species, so for informal horticultural purposes Sabal texensis workes great! It is a very massive sabal with a trunk diameter up to 2 feet and could be very cold hardy. Expect to see this palm used in future hardy palm collections.

 
 
Sabal texana
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
I find this Sabal texana population very interesting. Landon Lockett told Bryan of what appeared to be a northern wild population of Sabal texana on Garcitas Creek 2 miles west of  La Salle, Texas. Mr. Lockett new of a old Spanish fort that used palm trunks in it's construction but where did they get palm trunks from in that part of Texas? He asked locals and learned of a population of Sabal texana along Garcllus Creek. Bryan and I checked it out and it looks like a wild natural population. There were all sizes of specimens from old tall trunked to seedlings. 
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