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Cycas revoluta (Japanese Sago Palm, Cycas)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Medium - high
Hardiness Half hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Cycas revoluta Description

The ancient Cycad can be traced back to the Jurrasic period and it shows when you consider its strange form; looking like a compact and strangly stunted Palm it produces an explosion of dark green glossy foliage that arches above domed central growth spike. Ideal in a pot or in a milder location plant directly as a low growing specimen among gravel or trimmed grass.


Cycas revoluta - Cultivation Notes

Cycas revoluta originates in Japan, making it a tad hardier than most Cycads. It will flourish in full sun in any well drained soil, and this semi hardy Cycad will attempt to overwinter in the UK; but given its beauty why risk it when it would be happy in a nice big pot?. You will need to invest in a sack truck to wheel it under glass come winter though.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Cycas revoluta:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Cycas revoluta

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Cycas revoluta:

  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest

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Common Missspellings: Sycad, Cicad, Sykad, Sicad