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PlantFiles: Cycad
Encephalartos laurentianus

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Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Encephalartos (en-sef-uh-LAR-tos) (Info)
Species: laurentianus

Category:
Shrubs
Trees
Cycads

Height:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Leathery-Textured

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive palmbob On Feb 6, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Until just recently (2005) this was a nearly impossible plant to find. The area where it's from (Mozambique) was a bit risky to go hiking around in. But now seedlings are much more readily available for this monstrous species... this is probably the largest of all the Encephalartos, with leaves over 15' long (when mature). Tends to leaf out a bit late in the year, so not always the easiest plant to keep looking nice in southern California (leafing out in late fall will make the new soft leaves susceptible to weather: winds and cold).

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Reseda, California
Brandon, Florida
Venice, Florida



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