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Japanese Sago Palm, King Sago Palm, Sago Cycas, Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta )

Categorized as: Cycads,Palm

April 24, 2010 | 21381 Views | 0 Comments

Sago Palm This unique plant resembles a palm tree but is actually a cycad. These living fossils, members of the Cycadaceae family, dominated the landscape during the Mesozoic era over 150 million years ago. Today about 10 genera of cycads still survive. The most commonly grown is the Japanese sago, also called the sago palm (though again, it isn't really a palm).

This symmetrical plant supports a crown of shiny dark green leaves on a thick shaggy trunk that can grow to 10-12 ft high. The plant is very slow growing requiring about 50 years to achieve this height. As the plant matures branching of the thick stem may occur which only adds to the interest and charm of this beauty. Japanese sago also tends to produce suckers at its base forming a large multi-stem clump over time.

Family: Cycadaceae
Genus: Cycas
Species: Revoluta
Cultivar: None Identified

Sago Palm


USDA Zone 5a: to -20 °F
USDA Zone 5b: to -15 °F
USDA Zone 6a: to -10 °F
USDA Zone 6b: to -5 °F
USDA Zone 7a: to 0 °F
USDA Zone 7b: to 5 °F
USDA Zone 8a: to 10 °F
USDA Zone 8b: to 15 °F
USDA Zone 9a: to 20 °F
USDA Zone 9b: to 25 °F


10-12 ft.

Light Exposure:

Full Sun

Growth Rate:

Very Slow

Sago Palm This is a wonderful plant for both indoor and outdoor use. It looks great in the shrub border or as an accent on an expanse of lawn or near the patio. Use in entryways or in rock and sand gardens.

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