Japanese Sago Palm

Thu, Apr 10, 2008

Architectural

Japanese Sago Palm - Cycas revoluta

Latin name : Cycas revoluta

Description: Cycads are an ancient group of plants existing for over 200 million years. They are often mistaken for palms which they are not.  Cycas revolute is the most easily obtainable species. It is a slow growing, robustly trunked cycad from Japan, that often suckers and branches with age. The plant somewhat resembles an open shuttle-cock. The whorled fronds are fairly soft when young, gradually reclining and becoming stiff with age. With spring and summer feeding a new flush of leaves is produced about the end of July, although it sometimes skips a year.

Hardiness: -5C for short periods only, in a very sheltered location

Height: In warm climates 1-2m hence correspondingly shorter in cool climates, though large specimens can be obtained

Position: Sun to dappled shade protected from prevailing winds

Soil: well drained soil

Water: fairly drought tolerant once established

Usage: In a position where it can easily be admired for its amazing shuttle-cock growth

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