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Sago Palm

Metroxylon sagu

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Metroxylon (met-ro-ZY-lon) (Info)
Species: sagu

Category:

Trees

Palms

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

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Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

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Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

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

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Regional

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

Madisonville, Louisiana

Houston, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 2, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is the TRUE Sago Palm (actually a palm, unlike the common 'Sago Palm', or Cycas revoluta). THis is an important plant economically throughout tropical Asia as a source of edible starch (called Sagu). M sagu is a suckering species and can form a 'forest' of huge palms in no time. New leaves are brilliant red and plants can grow up to 60'- truly an impressive sight. Also has one of the largest flowers in the plant world- up to 25' tall right from the top of the palm (signaling its impending demise) and has fruits the size of baseballs- very hard, too. Very tropical in its needs, with zone 11 a bit of a marginal zone for it.

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