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Products > Lepidozamia peroffskyana
Lepidozamia peroffskyana - Pineapple Cycad

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Cycad
Family: Cycadaceae (Cycads)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Lepidozamia peroffskyana (Pineapple Cycad) - A slow growing palm-like cycad that can grow to 12 feet or more given enough time but in its native habitat it is considered to be one of the tallest of cycads, growing to 23 feet tall. It has a thick heavy trunk that is covered by the persistent leaf basis and at its crown has lush 7 to 9 foot long pinnate leaves with a couple hundred dark shiny green leaflets. It is also noted as having some of the largest cones of all cycads and like all cycads they are dioecious so there are male and female plants. Plant in a well-drained soil in light shade or full coastal sun, but best with at least afternoon shade to prevent leaf scorch. Can tolerate relatively dry conditions but looks its best with regular to occasional irrigation. Tolerates moderate frosts and listed hardy to around 25 F. This is a beautiful fern-like friendly cycad that has no spines or sharp leaf tips. A great plant for the shade garden and unlike some other cycads it reliably puts out new crowns of leaves at least once per year. Lepidozamia peroffskyana is native to wet sclerophyll forests of north-eastern New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland, often on slopes, gullies, rainforest margins and coastal forests on stabilized sand dunes from sea level to about 3,200 feet in altitude. The name for the genus comes from the Greek word 'lepidos', meaning "a scale" combined with Zamia, a name for cycad that was derived from the Greek word 'azaniae', which means "a pine cone". The specific epithet honors Count Grafen von Peroffsky Peroffsky (1794-1857), benefactor of the St. Petersburg Botanical Garden. Other common names include Burrawang Palm and Scaly Zamia. Our plants grown from seed provided to us by botanical author, cycad specialist and biochemist Dr. Tim Gregory.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted on this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in the nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Lepidozamia peroffskyana.