Cycas revolutaItem #6375 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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A very desirable evergreen plant displaying a stout trunk and long leaves with many narrow stiff leaflets. The leaves of this palm-like tree form an open rosette. Use for tropical accent and specimen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Extremely slow growing to 10 ft. tall and 8 ft, wide, with 3 to 6 ft. long fronds.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SI-cas re-VOL-u-taDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8 - 24Growth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Extremely slow growing to 10 ft. tall and 8 ft, wide, with 3 to 6 ft. long fronds.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Flowers only at full maturityDesign IdeasNot a true palm, this plant is a living fossil that is technically part conifer and part fern! It is stiff and broad, making a reliable palm-like effect in shaded gardens where space is limited. Ideal in Asian compositions or in a fern grotto. Super in tropical gardens with other foliage plants and hot- colored flowers. Grow as a single specimen and avoid crowding as it destroys its symmetry.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This very unique plant may be the most primitive living seed bearer on the face of the earth. Although it is called sago palm and may even look like one, it is classified as a gymnosperm along with the conifers. It inhabits its own family, Cycadaceae which contains but one genus, Cycas was classified by Linnaeus in the 18th century. He named it from the perpetual misnomer, from the Greek for palm tree. The genus contains about 40 species from the tropics of Southeast Asia and the Pacific. This species, the most commonly cultivated by far, is native to the southern Japanese islands of Ryuku and Satsuma. Its discovery and classification is attributed to Carl von Thunberg 1743-1828, who collected some of the first plants from Japan while there at the end of the 18th century.