This small, compact plant is not a true palm, but a cycad. The shiny, dark-green foliage consists of numerous feathery leaves arranged in a flat spiral at the top of the heavy black trunk. The plant is slow-growing, producing new leaves only once a year. The Sago Palm makes an excellent tub or planter subject. It is effective when combined with other tropical and subtropical plants. Small Sago Palms are sometimes used under tall trees in place of ferns.
Climate Zone: 4, 5
Light Exposure: Part to full shade
Water Use: Medium to high
Growth Rate: Slow
Trunk: clumping or single to 1' width
Cultural Requirements: Good quality garden soil and regular irrigation encourage best growth and appearance. In zone 5, select a shady planting site.
Problems: Plants may sunburn with full to reflected sun and heat, especially when grown as container plants.