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Cycad, Japanese Sago Palm, King Sago Palm, Sago Cycas, Sago Palm 'Aurea'

Cycas revoluta

Family: Cycadaceae
Genus: Cycas (SY-kas) (Info)
Species: revoluta (re-vo-LOO-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Aurea


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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


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:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

, (2 reports)


Anniston, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Mesa, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Fresno, California

Martinez, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

Naples, Florida

Niceville, Florida

Old Town, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Tampa, Florida (2 reports)

Yulee, Florida

Brunswick, Georgia

Las Vegas, Nevada

Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Hayesville, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Cayce, South Carolina

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Buda, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Greenville, Texas

Tomball, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 11, 2008, agentdonny007 from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 8b) wrote:

One of my favorite tropical accents in the desert! Evergreen but can have leaf burn on extremely cold winters. Seems to look best with afternoon shade. Be weary of reflected sun in Las Vegas as this will fry sago palm leaves. If growing in full sun, it may be best to have a groundcover around it:) Trailing lantana seems to help in my yard.


On Aug 7, 2008, mesaman from Mesa, AZ wrote:

I love this plant. I have about a dozen of them in my yard ranging from a few years old to several decades. Ive been somewhat successful in propagating them, mostly by hit or miss. i would like to know if there is anyone in my area (solid 9) that has been successful.