The Sabal Palm is Florida’s official state tree, as designated in 1953. Widely distributed throughout coastal Florida and the southeast U.S., it is sometimes referred to as a palmetto, cabbage palmetto and swamp cabbage.
It grows in almost any soil and has many uses, including food, medicine and hardy landscaping.
What it is NOT is an actual tree. It is a palm. What’s the difference?
Answer: A palm does not have true wood. If you cut one down, instead of growth rings, you would instead see a bundle of ropelike tubes.
A palm’s “trunk” does not have bark and is instead simply a mass of spongy, hardened material that expands as the palm grows taller.