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PlantFiles: Cycad
Dioon merolae

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Family: Zamiaceae
Genus: Dioon (dy-OH-awn) (Info)
Species: merolae (mer-OH-lay) (Info)

Category:
Cycads

Height:
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)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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

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:
N/A

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Silver/Gray
Blue-Green
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is fire-retardant
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

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Gardeners' Notes:

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

Beautiful cycad- has blue-green-silvery leaves that are perfectly arranged in a almost mesmerizing geometric overlapping pattern. This is a moderately fast growing cycad and there are enormous plants in Mexico that tower over a person's head. However, in cultivation, a plant with several feet of trunk is fairly old and considered a specimen.

Regional...

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

Reseda, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Tulare, California
Visalia, California
Brandon, Florida
Cayce, South Carolina



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