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Cycads in the Landscape by Phil Bergman, Page 4

 

The Right Cycad for Your Needs

 

This is a question that an article like this cannot answer without considering first the points previously discussed. Ultimately, however, you should choose what you like. At the nursery, we often ask people about where they live and what they are trying to accomplish. They often simply tell us that they like cycads. We typically try to guide them to the right plants by considering many of the points discussed above. Once these variables are discussed, it is quite easy to come up with choices. For the purposes of this article, we will give you a few simple ideas and guidelines that you can follow. These examples are not meant to be the only species meeting these requirements, but rather examples that would accomplish a given goal. Always adjust these choices according to your particular locality and conditions. Please read below.

Example of Garden: assorted palms and cycads. 
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(Scroll down for list of shade & filtered light plants)

Large growing, Sun-Loving Cycads

 

Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos kisambo (coastal)
Encephalartos laurentianus
Encephalartos tagulaneus
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos whitelockii
Lepidozamia peroffskyana (coastal)
Lepidozamia hopeii (coastal)
Macrozamia johnsonii
Macrozamia moorei

Medium sized, Sun-Loving cycads

 

Ceratozamia plumose (coastal)
Cycas circinalis (coastal)
Cycas thouarsii
Dioon edule
Dioon merolae
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos lebomboensis
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos trispinosus
Macrozamia communis

small size, sun loving cycads

 

Ceratozamia kuesteriana (coastal)
Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos poggei 
Zamia encephalartoides
Zamia furfuracea

 

Ceratozamias (almost all species)
Cycas micholitzii
Cycas rumphii
Dioon mejiae (can take bright filtered light)
Dioon spinulosum 
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos villous
Zamia amblyphyllidia 
Zamia muricata

fast growing cycads

 

Cycas circinalis
Cycas taitungensis
Cycas thouarsii 
Encephalartos ferox
Encephalartos gratus
Encephalartos kisambo (coastal)
Encephalartos manikensis
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos whitelockii
Lepidozamia species 
Macrozamia johnsonii
Macrozamia moorei

Ceratozamia kuesteriana
Ceratozamia latifolia 
Cycas ophiolitica
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas petraea
Cycas revoluta
Cycas taitungensis
Dioon califanoi
Dioon caputoi
Dioon edule
Dioon merolae
Encephalartos altensteinii
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos cycadifolius
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos natalensis
Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos transvenosus
Encephalartos trispinosus
Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Macrozamia species
Zamia fischeri
Zamia furfuracea
Zamia kickxii
Zamia spartea
Zamia
vazquezii

drought and heat tolerant cycads best for desert areas

(best for desert areas) (note some may take the heat but prefer shade)

 

 

Ceratozamia microstrobila
Cycas angulata
Cycas cairnsiana
Cycas ophiolitica
Cycas panzhihuaensis
Dioon califanoi
Dioon caputoi
Dioon edule
Dioon holmgrenii 
Dioon merolae
Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cycadifolius
Encephalartos dyerianus
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos lanatus
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos longifolius
Encephalartos munchii
Encephalartos princeps
Macrozamia dyeri
Macrozamia glaucophylla
Macrozamia johnsonii
Macrozamia
macdonnellii
Macrozamia moorei
Zamia encephalartoides 
Zamia furfuracea

Bowenia species (branched)
Ceratozamia hildae (grouped leaflets)
Ceratozamia plumosa (fluffy leaf, thin leaflets)
Ceratozamia miqueliana (fat, blue-green leaflets)
Cycas micholitzii/multipinnata (branched leaves)
Encephalartos arenarius (very prickly)
Encephalartos cycadifolius (thin leaflets)
Encephalartos ferox (holly fern-like)
Encephalartos horridus (very prickly)
Encephalartos latifrons (peculiar stacked and prickly)
Stangeria eriopus (fern-like leaf)

Cycas angulata
Cycas cairnsiana
Encephalartos dyerianus
Encephalartos eugene-maraisii
Encephalartos horridus
Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos middelburgensis
Encephalartos princeps
Encephalartos trispinosus
Macrozamia glaucophylla
Macrozamia
macdonnellii

 

Conclusion
Although not an enormous subject, landscaping with cycads does require that one learns about cycads or deals with a cycad nursery that knows their stock and cycad culture. When added to any landscape design, cycads add to the beauty of the garden like no other group of plants. Cycads are not inexpensive plants; yet many are quite affordable. And, cycads are good growers. A small seedling on some species can be a stately specimen in less than a decade. If you have any questions about cycads or would like to purchase cycads, please contact us. Our contact information is given throughout the website.  Below are a few reference sources that you may wish to read for more information.

Cycad Reference Books
Cycads of Africa, Douglas Goode
Cycads of the World, David Jones
The Cycads, Loran Whitelock
Cycads of South Africa, Cynthia Giddy 

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