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Cycas revoluta
Cycas revoluta

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Zone
Zones 8-29, H1, H2
Partial Sun
Partial
Regular Water
Moderate

Cycas revoluta

Sago Palm
Cycadaceae
Palms and cycads

CYCAS

Neither ferns nor palms, these evergreen plants are primitive, cone-bearing relatives of conifers, excellent for tropical effects. A rosette of dark green, feathery leaves grows from a central point at the top of a single trunk (sometimes several trunks). Eventually as wide as tall. Female plants bear conspicuous, egg-shaped, red to orange seeds.

Cycas revoluta (photo courtesy of Monrovia)
Cycas revoluta (photo courtesy of Monrovia)

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Cycas revoluta

Native to Japan. As a 2–3-ft. tall youngster, has an airy, fernlike appearance; with age (grows very slowly to as high as 10 ft.), looks more like a palm. Leaves are 2–3 ft. long (larger on very old plants), divided into many narrow, leathery segments. Tough, tolerant house or patio plant; also good subject for bonsai.

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