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PlantFiles: Cycad, Emperor Sago, Prince Sago
Cycas taitungensis

Family: Cycadaceae
Genus: Cycas (SY-kas) (Info)
Species: taitungensis (tay-tung-EN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Cycas sago

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
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)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light 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

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Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Cretaceous On Mar 23, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This cycad is native to Taitung County, Taiwan (from which the name of the plant is derived). It grows on rocky shale slopes, along with other drought-tolerant plants, in exposed sites.

The native habitat for Cycas taitungensis is protected in the Taitung Cycad Nature Reserve, where several hundred mature plants grow.

Cycadaceae are listed on CITES Appendix II.

Grows well here in zone 9b.

Neutral BotanyBob On May 8, 2001, BotanyBob from Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:

These plants actually do very well in full sun. Often confused with Cycas revoluta (Sago 'Palm'), these are larger and faster growing relatives. They can be differentiated from C revolutas by their flatter leaves (C revoluta has keeled leaves).

Neutral OlgaN On May 7, 2001, OlgaN from Miami, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Cycads, are also known as 'living fossils' due to the fact that they have not changed much in over 100 million years. Cycas taitungensis (Prince Sago) is one of the cold hardier cycads, being able to withstand some frost. These are non-flowering plants, but they produce upright cones which can be male or female.


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

Mobile, Alabama
El Cerrito, California
Encino, California
Mckinleyville, California
Reseda, California
Tulare, California
Visalia, California
Brandon, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Brunswick, Georgia
Douglasville, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Freeport, Texas
Lake Jackson, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

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