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Cycas revoluta /Sago Palm

Cycas revoluta   / Cycas revoluta
Sago palm with a female floral envelope in center of fronds
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Sago palm with a female floral envelope in center of fronds

Cone full of sago palm seeds

Female floral unit before seeds are developed and expopsed

Mature seed

Pollen bearing male cone

Specimen sago palm

Emerging male pollen bearing cone

Container grown specimen sago palm

Specimen placed too close to walk for later growth and spread

Mature specimen with several crowns

Plant placed too close to walk for later growth and spread

A pair of relatively young sago palm

Young sagos

Relatively old sago that has produced a thick trunk and a heavy crown of fronds. Remove young plants at base as they occur

Female cone just before opening and revealing mass of seeds

Pouch exposing nearly mature seeds

Handsome pair of cycads

Male cone

An unfurling frond with leaflets looking like fiddleheads of fern

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Scientific Name: Cycas revoluta
Common Name: Sago Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Needleleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Palms and Palm-like Plants
Comments: Has a growth habit similar to a palm, although unrelated. A strong accent in a garden bed or in a container. Foliage of this semi-tropical can freese in zone 8, but the plant is seldon killed in zone 8. Male and female flowers produced on separate plants. Flowers do not occur every year, even after plants become of flowering age. Side shoots produced on rounded appendages and may be removed from old plants and planted. Leaf anthracnose which causes dead sections along the fronds can be a rather serious problem.