King Sago Palm
|Common Names||Sago Palm, King Sago Palm, Japanese Sago|
|Scientific Name||Cycas revoluta|
|Mature Height||8-12 Feet|
|Water Needs||Moderately Drought Tolerant once mature|
|Cold Tolerance||Cold Hardy, Freezes at 22 degrees|
|Light Needs||Full Sun or Moderately Shade Tolerant, will grow larger leaves in shade|
Native to the Far East, the mature King Sago Palm gets our attention with its crown of stiff, feathery, upright fronds (growing in a circular pattern), surrounded by a base of curved lateral fronds. Called a “break,” rather than adding continuous foliage, this palm produces a periodic “flush” of new leaves. Thus, the “crown” effect. Eventually offsets begin to grow at ground level and when they occasionally grow in the crown, you have an interesting prospect for a unique specimen.
New leaves all grow at the same time and are very delicate until hardening in several weeks time. Don’t touch! Make sure they get plenty of water during this period. Sagos can grow for 100 years and considered ancient “living fossils.” Easy to grow and care for—it will bring your landscape up to the Royal Level, especially if you add an oasis-like pool.