The most common and best-known cycad. It is slow growing with an upright trunk and is topped with stiff semi glossy green leaves that grow in a circular pattern. Despite the name they are much older and more primitive than palms and appeared on the planet some 200 million years ago. Related more to conifers than any other plants, they produce cones and male and female are on separate plants.
Height and spread: Slow grower that will eventually reach between 3- 5 ft in height.
Sun/Shade: Full sun/Partial shade.
Soil conditions: Grows best in sandy, well drained soil, preferably with some organic matter. It needs good drainage or will rot. Feed in spring and summer.
Hardy/winter protection: Can be left outside in very mild coastal areas. Otherwise bring in under cover for winter can also be kept as a houseplant for winter.
Other names: sago palm, king sago, sago cycad, Japanese sago palm