Suurberg Cycad, Broodboom
Encephalartos longifolius

Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Encephalartos (en-sef-uh-LAR-tos) (Info)
Species: longifolius (lon-jee-FOH-lee-us) (Info)

Category:

Cycads

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

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

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:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Thousand Oaks, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Sep 22, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite cycads- beautiful leaf shape and user-friendly (nothing sharp or dangerous.. .unless you eat it). It is a moderately fast growing species with bright green leaves.. though there is a blue-green form. The leaves are generally recurved, more than most Encephalartos, making this a particularly ornamental species. The leaflets are perfectly spaced along the leaf and each leaflet ends in a subtle curve and smooth tip. Very old plants develop a stem, and some, if injured, develop multiple branches. Like all cycads, there is a male and a female plant. from South Africa.