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Sago Palm

Cycas revoluta

A much-loved evergreen that develops a stout trunk topped by a whorl of dark green fronds, each containing hundreds of narrow spiky leaflets along its midrib. Although the Sago Palm is not a true palm, the stiff foliage forms a stunning open rosette that adds a splendid tropical palm tree-like element to smaller landscapes and patio gardens.
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Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil becomes dry.

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Botanical PronunciationSI-cas re-VOL-u-ta
LoreThe seeds that develop at maturity and the foliage of the Sago Palm are considered highly toxic to cats and dogs.
Average Size at MaturityVery slowly reaches 10 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide, with 3 to 6 ft. long fronds.
Bloom TimeOccasionally develops seed cones; prized for foliage.
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Mediterranean, Tropical
Growth Habit14
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseContainer, Poolside, Rock Garden, Specimen, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Fruit Poisonous, Gift Plant, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Heat Loving
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when top 3 in. of soil becomes dry.
Companion PlantsCanna (Canna); Plumbago (Plumbago); Foxtail Fern (Asparagus); Jacaranda (Jacaranda); Jatropha (Jatropha)

Provide porous, loamy, very well-drained soil; avoid heavy, wet soils. Provide some shade in hottest regions. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish root system; take care not to overwater. Feed in early spring. Prune away old faded fronds close to trunk. Remove new plantlets at base of trunk. Not fit for human or animal consumption.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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