What’s in a name? Well, when it’s the name of our company, the answer is quite a lot. Sabal Group may be tricky to pronounce if you’re not from the Carolinas. We’re named for the official South Carolina state tree, the Sabal palmetto (pronounced SAY-bull). The tree is a treasured Southern icon. One of many palms native to the Carolinas, the Sabal palmetto figures prominently in the history and iconography of South Carolina.
The Sabal palmetto is credited with the first victory of the American Revolution. Fort Moultrie (named to honor it’s first commander) on Sullivan’s Island was commissioned to protect the harbor and city of Charles Town. Begun in March of 1776, the unfinished fort, commanded by Colonel William Moultrie, survived its initial battle with the British. On June 28, 1776, over the course of nine hours, the two completed sides of the fort absorbed the impact of the cannonballs instead of shattering. The famed fort was made of just palmetto logs and sand.
The Battle of Sullivan’s Island was a major victory and one reason why the Sabal palmetto is the central icon on the South Carolina flag, an integral part of the state’s seal, and the official state tree. To Carolinians, Sabal palmettos convey a sense of resourcefulness and heritage. This durable palm bends without breaking, is drought-resistant, and has thrived along our coastline for centuries.