Cycas revoluta

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Taxonomy (2,3)

Classification: Gymnosperm
Family: Cycadaceae
Common name: Japanese sago, Sago palm

General Information (2,3)

Region of Origin: Japan
USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 8-10
Growth Habit: Shrub to tree

  • Size: 10-12 feet

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (2)

  • Simple/Compound: Compound
  • Other: 4-5 feet long

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Male Cone (2)

  • Color: Yellow
  • Size: 1-1.5 feet

Female cone (2)

  • Size: 1.5 inches
  • Color: Orange

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Horticultural Information (1,2)

  • Light: Full sun to full shade
  • Soil type: Sandy
  • Maintenance: Needs pruning annually
  • Landscape Uses: Container and landscape

Interesting Facts (2)

  • This plant is toxic


1) Bardot, J. How to cut back a sago palm. San Fransico Chronicle. Retrieved from
2) Scheper, J. (1997). Cycas revoluta.  Retrieved from
3) United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. (n.d.). Cycas revoluta thunb.. Retrieved from website:

Prepared by Asia Comer as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek