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Cycad, Burrawang, Burrawong

Macrozamia communis

Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Macrozamia (mak-roh-ZAM-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: communis (KOM-yoo-nis) (Info)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


Unknown - Tell us


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:

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

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage



This plant is fire-retardant

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Reseda, California

San Marino, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Cayce, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 20, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Macrozamia communis is native to New South Wales, Australia.

It generally grows in coastal areas, in sandy soil under open forests, where annual rainfall is 39-59 inches.

Zamiaceae are listed on CITES Appendix II.


On Aug 28, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

The subterranean trunk can reach 6 ft. with up to 100 bright green leaves making a graceful rounded crown also up to 6 ft. It will grow in sun or in shady positions and will tolerate a little frost. It produces large male or female cones, which have red seeds. This is an excellent container plant, prized for its ornamental quality.


On Oct 3, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the more commonly available Macrozamias in Southern California, but is not a popular plant among cycad collectors mostly because of the name 'communis' meaning common. Only it is still an attractive plant having wide, sharp, evenly spaced, stiff dark green, almost blue-green leaflets. I have found this to be one of the slower cycads, which might be another reason it's not all that popular.


On Aug 26, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

This cycad from Australia, is the most southerly of all extant cycads in the wild, growing as far south as Bega in New South Wales. It is the closest cycad to us here in Victoria and I puchased a plant and have it well established in my garden. It is apparently one of the most popular cycads in cultivation in Australia, being hardy enough to withstand quite heavy frosts.