Cycas is the survivor of a group of similar conifers that populated the Earth over one hundred million years ago. This strange and captivating plant is dioecious and bears a strong resemblance to giant ferns and palm trees.
Belonging to the family Cycadaceae, it is defined as “similar to palm trees” because of its single growth point in the centre of the trunk. Trunks can reach 3 metres in length; they are typically strong, straight, and unbranched. Leaves can grow to be 1.5 metres long.
It is hardy in terms of soil and weather, but does not tolerate prolonged periods in very cold climates.