Identification of Palm Trees

In the Austin, Texas, Area: A Casual Guide for Distinguishing our Native Sabal mexicana from the Aliens.

By Landon Lockett


Sabal mexicana, aka Sabal texana





Sabal minor





Washingtonia filifera




Sabal palmetto




Trachycarpus fortunei


(Because it is an obvious exotic, readily distinguishable by its dinkismo, I never bothered to examine one closely. S. mexicana is massive in comparison.)






Date palm







Cycad. Common name: Sago palm. Looks like a palm but ISNíT. Smaller than any palm here, except maybe S. minor. Dark green pinnate leaves that look sorta like ferns.