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Cycas taitungensis

Similar to C. revoluta but with a more open crown, this species produces legendary growth, making it one of the world's fastest cycads. Originating in Taiwan, it will even grow on poor and stony soils and tolerates moderate frosts. Makes a superb potted plant, too.

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Seeds from this species ...

...very easy to germinate and need up to 1 year to sprout.
like revoluta this cycas germinate very easy only in earth little rich
Submitted on 14/03/2003 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of excellent ornamental value
In Augusta, GA (Southeast US) in USA they need little care and grow normal.
This has been an excellent cycad for me in Augusta, GA, USA zone 8. It flushes new growth much earlier than Cycas revoluta and is much, much larger in every way. There is occasional foliage damage when the temperature drops into the teens (F), but the plant recovers quickly. I have two males and one female. The female has 5' of clear trunk and is about 10' tall overall. Terrific cycad. My three C. taitungensis have been in the ground for about 20 years in nearly full sun. The female bears seed easily and babies are coming up in the yard here and there. One male has a multiple head now with seven cones emerging.
Submitted on 26/05/2009 by Joe Le Vert

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

We recommend:
The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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