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LEPIDOZAMIA peroffskyana

Image of Lepidozamia peroffskyana

Jesse Saylor

Family

Cycadaceae

Botanical Name

LEPIDOZAMIA peroffskyana

Plant Common Name

Count Peroffsky's Cycad, Scaly Zamia

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

One of the tallest growing cycads, attaining a stature that looks like a palm tree, Lepidozamia peroffskyana has arching, rich dark green, glossy leaves that look like palm fronds. An evergreen cycad, which is an ancient cone-bearing plant, it's native to the humid, moist to wet rainforests of central eastern Australia. It usually grows with one main trunk-like stem but occasionally will branch.

The long leaves of this cycad emerge in spring or summer's warmth with a bronzy color and are soft to the touch. They unfurl and become more green, becoming dark green as they harden. The leaf is long and arches gracefully, lined with narrow, waxy, and sharp-pointed leaflets. Plants are dioecious, being either male or female, producing cones in summertime. The male cones are long cylinders while the female cone is oval and twice as large as those of the male. The fruits that form in the female cone are fleshy and either red or golden in color. When leaves do dry and die, they persist on the trunk-like stem.

Grow Count Peroffsky's cycad in nearly full sun to light 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. It handles light frosts, too (unlike the closely related Lepidozamia hopei). In the wild it often succumbs to bushfires, charring its stem and resulting in new flushes of foliage in sunny areas. 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 still short.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 24

  • Plant Type

    Palm or Cycad

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    60'-70' / 18.3m - 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, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    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