Saw Palmetto is an evergreen shrub. Kiawah Island is the northern extent of this plant's native range. It does well in sun and partial sun. It can grow up to 6' tall and creates wonderful understory habitat when planted in a clumping design. Saw palmetto is a great plant for wildlife. It can be seen growing naturally throughout the island and is also a great plant for home landscapes. Leaf stems at the base of the plant exhibit sawtooth-like ridges, hence its common name.