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QUICK CYCAD DEFINITIONS AND FACTS:

Cycad:  These are primitive plants that have changed little since the time of the dinosaurs and are found from many temperate to tropical areas throughout the world.  They typically have stout trunks holding up a crown of firm and stiff leaves..

Cycad Caudex:  This term refers to the stem or trunk of a cycad plant.  It is usually somewhat rough in texture and can be as short as a few inches to well over fifty feet tall.  This caudex supports the crown of leaves.  As cycads age, the trunk develops vertical height.  Therefore, trunk diameter and more importantly trunk height, help tell you the age of the plant.

Cycad Leaves:  Depending on the species, these can be as short as a foot long or up to twenty feet.  Cycads have pinnate leaves with leaflets to either side of the stem.  Color is usually green although blue leaflets are also seen.  Leaves often have armor (spines) either on the leaflets or stem. 

Cycad Cone:  All cycads are either male of female.  The cones of each sex are different.  Male cones produce pollen that must be transferred to the female cone to make viable seeds.  Cones are unique to each species and can be an assortment of colors from green to yellow to red as well as many earth tone colors.  Cones are a mainstay in the taxonomic determination of species.

Cycad Seeds:  The female cones that are pollinated can make seeds which germinate and produce a cycad plant.  Seeds often need to mature before germination and the fruit is usually removed prior to germination.

Cycad Leaf Color:  The majority have green leaves.  Sometimes new leaves emerge red or brown.  They later turn to green.  But, there are many species of cycads that have gray or blue leaves and they hold onto this color.

Cycad Cold Tolerance:  The most cold hardy cycads tolerate temperatures into the upper teens F.  But, there are tropical species that do not tolerate a freeze.

Cycads in the Landscape:  Cycads are amazing because they usually are drought tolerant yet look tropical and lush.  Overall size ranges from a few feet to much overhead.  They are slow growing & a wonderful addition in the garden.

Cycad Rarity:  Many species of cycads are extremely rare.  Many are endangered, some critically, in their habitat locations.  As a group, cycads are one of the most  sought after and rare types of plants in the world.  Yet, they have survived on this planet for hundreds of millions of years - they are a very resilient type of plant.  With their slow growth rate and rarity, these factors do not make them inexpensive plants to buy.

Cycads and Water Conservation:  Surprisingly and in general, cycads possess a great deal of drought tolerance and are an effective way to conserve water in the garden.  Yet, they still look so tropical.  People are amazed at how they make the garden look exotic (not like a desert garden) and use so little water.  So, especially in California, this is an ideal plant for people that want a lush garden but also want to not use much water.  

 

 

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Dioon mejiae
Encephalartos dyerianus
Encephalartos dyerianus
Zamia encephalartoides
Zamia encephalartoides

 

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Nursery Location:

 450 Ocean View Ave., Encinitas, CA  92024

Nursery Phone:  619 291 4605
Nursery Hours:

 Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 4PM
 Sunday typically closed

Directions to Nursery: Freeway Close. Take Freeway 5 to Encinitas
(10 minutes south of Oceanside, 30 minutes north of San Diego). 
Exit Leucadia Blvd West (toward ocean).
Immediate left on Orpheus Ave, left on Union St,
Right on Ocean View Ave to Nursery, which is at 450 Ocean View Ave
Mailing Address:

3233 Brant Street, San Diego, CA 92103

 

 
   
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