Sago Palm

(Cycas Revoluta)

The Sago Palm, commonly known as the King Sago, is not actually a palm but rather a cycas. That doesn’t stop this unique tree from prospering in South Carolina.


Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)

Other names: King Sago, Sago Cycad, Japanese Sago

  • Solid choice for Charleston
  • Will show damage below 15F
  • Very Slow Growing
  • 10 ft. tall and wide
  • Likes partial shade
  • Water weekly

About the Sago Palm:

The Sago Palm Tree, also known as the King Sago, Sago Cycad, or Japanese Sago, is not actually a palm tree. In fact, being a cycas it is not actually a tree at all but rather a plant. That small detail doesn’t stop it from being one of the most popular palm tree varieties in the Lowcountry.

The tree has long dark green feathery leaves. It can grow to ten feet tall and wide and can be trimmed to form a trunk rather than remain more shrub-like.

The Sago Palm can stand up to relatively cold temperatures but may be damaged and turn yellow at temperatures below 15 degrees. These leaves can be trimmed off in the spring after new growth is detected.

The plant makes for great single specimen or can be used in a grouping.  It gives a very tropical look to any landscape. This plant can also be grown inside in a sunroom that receives good light. For all of these reasons we highly recommend the King Sago Palm Tree for Mt. Pleasant, Charleston, Kiawah SC and surrounding areas.


Caring for your Sago Palm

We’ll be adding detailed information for taking care of your Sago Palm. For now, though check out our general tips for palm tree care.

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