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LEPIDOZAMIA hopei

Image of Lepidozamia hopei

James H. Schutte

Family

Cycadaceae

Botanical Name

LEPIDOZAMIA hopei

Plant Common Name

Dallichy Creek Cycad, Wunu

Special Notice

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General Description

One of the tallest growing cycads, attaining a stature like a palm tree, Lepidozamia hopei has arching, glossy bright green leaves that truly look like palm fronds. An evergreen cycad, Dallachy Creek cycad is native to the densely shaded, humid, wet rainforests of northeastern Australia. It usually grows with one main trunk-like stem but will occasionally branch.

The very long leaves of this cycad emerge just once per year in a flush. They are soft with they unfurl and become more rigid with time. Each leaf is long, arches gracefully and is lined with narrow, waxy, sharp leaflets. Plants bear cones in summer and are dioecious, meaning each plant bears either male or female cones. The male cones are long and cylindrical while the female cone is larger and oval. The fruits that form in the female cone are fleshy and red.

Grow Lepidozamia hopei in partial shade to dense shade in a moist, well-draining soil that is not overly alkaline. Tolerant of high heat and oppressive humidity, it can handle occasional wet soil unlike many other cycads. This species is best protected from frost, especially when lacking a trunk. This plant is lovely as a mounded, arching mass of fronds in a mixed tropical border; it will become more tree-like with great age. It may also be used as a container specimen when young and the trunk is short.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    11 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H2

  • Plant Type

    Palm or Cycad

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    50'-70' / 15.2m - 21.3m

  • Width

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Native To

    Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No