Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)

Common names:
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Also sold as:
Cycas revoluta 'King Palm'

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 4 feet to 10 feet
Plant Spread: Forms a rosette of 4-8 feet in diameter
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Leaves are semi-glossy green and 3 to 4 feet in length with sharp tips - toxic to humans and animals.
Fruit: Showy
Other: 2 to 3 inch, oval hard brown fruit contains toxins and can be extremely poisonous t humans and animals
Flowers: Showy
Other: Male plant produces a yellow cone-like structure, Female plant produces tan colored modified leaves
Flower Color: Other: Not true flowers:Male plant produces a yellow cone-like structure, Female plant produces tan colored modified leaves.
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Shade Tree
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Provide darkness
Days to germinate: 3-4 months
Depth to plant seed: 1"-2", laying the seed on its flat side
Suitable for wintersowing
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Wind
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Preferred depth: Do not cover the growing tip! Allow the uppermost tip of the seedling to show.
Prefers to be under-potted
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
close up of unfurling fronds

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Photo gallery:
Location: West Hills, CaDate: 2016-03-26close up of unfurling fronds
By hedacc
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Location: Fountain Valley, CalifDate: 2005-01-30two Sago heads are better then one
By Strever
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Location: Saint Helena Island, SCDate: 2006-10-11Female Flower
By ardesia
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Location: In my garden in Oklahoma CityDate: May, 1999Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) in OkC 001
By jathton
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Location: Central TexasDate: 1980-01-01
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Date: 2018-09-04
By Fleur569
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By queen1694
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Location: Houston, Texas, outdoors, full sunDate: May 29, 2009 10:44 AMKing Sago Palm male \"cone\" blooming
By Gymgirl
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Location: In my garden - San Joaquin County, CADate: 2014-03-31My newly repotted cycad!
By tarev
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Location: my garden Date: 2014-10-12
By piksihk
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Location: Saint Helena Island, SCDate: 2006-10-11Close up of the female flower
By ardesia
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Location: Tucson, AZDate: 05/05/2016first year female had multiple "blooms" - in past (2 time) single
By sharono
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Location: Youngsville, LADate: 2018-05-07By tabbycat
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Location: Sydney AustraliaDate: 2019-08-21Sago Palm Cycas revoluta
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Location: Houston, Texas, outdoors, full sunDate: May 17, 2009 3:43 PMKing Sago Palm female \"flower\" beginning
By Gymgirl
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Location: Houston, TexasDate: 2011-07-22
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Location: Houston, TexasDate: 2011-07-22
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Date: 2012-07-02
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Date: 2012-07-02
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Date: 2012-07-02
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Date: 2012-07-02
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-12-16seeds came from Houston
By jmorth
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Location: NeighborDate: 2018-05-10
By piksihk
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Location: Neighbor Date: 2018-05-10
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Location: Temple, TexasDate: 2019-09-06Purchased late August 2019; new leaves emerging Sept 6th!  Settin
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Location: At a nurseryDate: 2011-11-20
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Location: Provo, UtahDate: 2011-11-20
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Location: Houston, TexasDate: 2011-07-22
By jmorth
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Location: Potohar, Punjab.Date: 2013-01-13
By KAMasud
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Location: Potohar, Punjab.Date: 2013-01-13
By KAMasud
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Location: 98108Date: 2013-03-21
By a2b1c3
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Location: In our garden - San Joaquin County, CADate: 2014-03-31Lifted up caudex during repot on 30Mar2014
By tarev
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Location: At home - San Joaquin County, CADate: 2014-03-31New pups removed from our cycad
By tarev
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Location: Amelia Island , FloridaDate: 2015-12-24
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Location: Amelia Island , FloridaDate: 2015-12-24
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Location: AZDate: Spring
By cocoajuno
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2017-06-03Double male blooms, the one is almost two feet tall.
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Location: Northwest NJDate: 2011-12-01
By NJBob
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Location: Female ConeDate: 2014-01-17Photo courtesy of: MomentsForZen
By admin
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Location: HoustonDate: 2012-05-02
By jmorth
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Location: Houston, TexasDate: 2010-06-27with visitor
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Location: Sydney AustraliaDate: 2019-06-08
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Comments:
Posted by Gymgirl ( SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) - Zone 9a) on Sep 23, 2011 3:34 PM

Careful when reaching in to harvest seeds from a female plant blossom, as some people can (unknowingly) have an allergic reaction to the blossom. Always wear long sleeves and gloves to avoid an itchy, burning, sensation along your arms. It's very similar to what you experience after laying fiberglass insulation!

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Posted by portiabarb (Simi Valley) on Jul 29, 2017 9:52 AM

I have not been successful with propagating dozens of offshoots,.
does anyone know the trick.

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Plant Events from our members
Blondmyk On October 24, 2014 Potted up
Planted three of the four pups today in pots that I deemed of appropriately small size for the pups. They only require a little space to grow and do not appreciate larger pots. They seem to have dried successfully and I'm hoping that I haven't let them dry for too long. Some of them look like expanded pine cones. It should be interesting to see how they do. I used standard Miracle Gro potting soil with an over abundance of perlite added additionally. Next transplant they will be introduced to the native sandy soil.
Blondmyk On October 1, 2014 Obtained plant
Obtained 4 pups from an aged Mother plant at 1134 Central st in front parking area. A week later I discovered a much larger 8" pup there as well. All of these are curing on the back porch...cleaned and allowing the scabs to dry over.
tjr920 On August 20, 2015 Obtained plant
Purchased in Orlando, Florida while on vacation
hlutzow On September 18, 2019 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Banner photo? by eclayne Jul 25, 2012 11:10 AM 5
Cycas revoluta 'King Palm' by OrlandoBill May 18, 2014 5:17 PM 0
Amazing photo! by sandnsea2 Jun 10, 2017 6:46 AM 1
Lighting by Hamwild Sep 6, 2019 5:17 PM 1
What is wrong with my houseplant? by biscuitmachine Jun 24, 2020 7:47 AM 8
Urgent help!! by Pam1129 Dec 31, 2019 1:43 PM 4
My Japanese Cycas Revoluta (aka Sago palm) plant is sick, please help by Calvinchung Aug 2, 2019 10:07 AM 2
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