Cycas revoluta

Sago palm, kungi palm

(28 customer reviews)

From £649.00

This majestic slow-growing Japanese cycad is the easiest to cultivate, with mature plants usually hardy enough to stay outside in mild gardens given good drainage and protection from harsh frosts.

A prehistoric architectural wonder, it relishes a bright position and juvenile plants are ideal for a conservatory or sunny window.

Origin: Japan
Genus: Cycas
Species / Cultivar: Revoluta
Common Name: Sago palm, kungi palm

Plant Biography

Cycas revoluta is native to Southern Japan. It is also cultivated elsewhere as one of the sources of ‘sago,’ a starchy staple food consumed by some communities in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. This is the origin of the common name Sago palm, which is a bit of a misnomer since this is not actually a palm!

The scientific species name ‘revoluta’ comes from the Latin word for ‘curled back,’ referring to the distinctive arrangement of the leaves. In Urdu speaking areas, this plant is known as the kungi palm, meaning ‘comb.’

Cycas revoluta
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Moderate
Some special care needed, which may include pruning or winter protection.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 1.5-3m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-2m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Use horticultural fleece to protect foliage and growing point when keeping a mature specimen outside for the winter in milder areas. If the foliage is damaged by the weather, you can cut it all off in mid spring which encourages a generous new flush of replacement growth.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Outdoors: Make sure to give Cycas revoluta protection (such as with fleece jackets) during colder winter months. Juvenile plants are better kept in cool bright positions indoors in the cooler months until eventually they are developed enough to withstand milder winters protected outside. Whilst mature plants can become large multi-branched specimens, this happens at a glacial pace over a great many decades.

Indoors: During the active growth period, when new fronds are pushing through, we recommend that you not move the plants position or change its rotation. If you do, the needles can rotate and harden in misshapen and twisted positions.

Once the active growth period has ended (which usually lasts for about 2 months) the plant can be moved without any problems.

Cycas revoluta as a Houseplant

Cycas revoluta as a Houseplant

Cycas revoluta may have been around for millions of years, but only recently have people adopted it into their homes as a houseplant.

Indoors the Sago Palm can thrive and make for a stunning centrepiece. Make sure to place it in a position with indirect and some direct sun and water well in the hot summer months.

Just received my cycas revoluta by courier right on the given time. Plant is of top quality as I’ve come to expect, fabulous company to deal with, excellent communication throughout the order process, why go elsewhere?

Jeff D.

Just received my cycas revoluta by courier right on the given time. Plant is of top quality as I’ve come to expect, fabulous company to deal with, excellent communication throughout the order process, why go elsewhere?

28 customer reviews for Cycas revoluta

Delighted to receive another amazing plant from The Palm Centre. This is my second purchase from this company – both are of exceptional quality and size, I cant fault them at all.
These plants are of the highest quality, without doubt. And in addition, the packaging is robust to prevent any damage in transit, with speedy delivery by overnight courier.
All round, I can honestly say this company comes highly recommended. Ill definitely be purchasing more from here in the future, and give you my highest rating. Thank you.

Tim B.

I love the plants


Ordered these palms after looking at pinterest pictures online. Not only were they delivered very carefully the very next day, they were stunning! I have had them 10 days and they have almost doubled in height! I am so impressed with how beautifully looked after they must have been, to arrive with me in such perfect condition. Thank you all at the Palm Centre 🙂

Tracie S.

Very prompt delivery – palm arrived in A1 condition – am very pleased with my purchase!

Mary W.

I have just received this plant which was delivered in good time and really is a
lovely specimen. Thank you.

Royston P.

Just received my cycas revoluta by courier right on the given time. Plant is of top quality as I’ve come to expect, fabulous company to deal with, excellent communication throughout the order process, why go elsewhere?

Jeff D.

A healthy and beautiful palm. I can find no criticism at all. I do recommend visiting the Palm Centre, so full of wonderful things

Jeremy B.

Fabulous palms, arrived safely and very quickly. Well packed for excellent protection. Quality as usual, superb and exactly as advertised. Have purchased several palms and have always been more than pleased.

Barry G.

Received a lovely plant in a very attractive pot. Looks great in my conservatory.

Royston Perrett

I visited the palm centre on Tuesday very big garden centre i was satisfied with my purchase i will return with my sister next week Thanks ..


Having spoken to a couple of very friendly and helpful staff at the Palm Centre I ordered the 9ltr/80-90cm cycad revoluta. My order arrived extremely well packaged a couple of days later. The plant is an absolute beauty, very healthy and in excellent condition. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend the Palm Centre.

Jon O’Connell

After finding online, we took a trip to The Palm Centre, Amazing place and bought a Cycas Revoluta which we are going to put out in a month or two, potted and into a fairly sheltered position. Also bought a couple of smaller plants, Will be back, just a nice place to wander round.

Carol Pike

Super size, larger than I was expecting it to be, although Im not the best at sizes in cm. Fabulously healthy plant, very happily planned in its new position. I have bought many similar plants from the palm centre and everyone has been better than anticipated, I love their plants


My Cycas arrived well packed and in excellent condition. i am very pleased. I am currently revamping my garden so will definitely visit the Palm Centre again/

Syd Harper

Excellent service,10 excellent plants delivered the day after they left the shop.

Victor Spencer

Very pleased with this plant. Arrived well packed and like other comments, bigger than expected.


Excellent service, delivery and beautiful plants. Will be ordering again from Palm Centre.

H Chantrell

Really pleased beautiful plant and arrived well packed and in lovely condition and bigger than expected

Mrs h pover

Plant arrived sooner than expected, it was larger than expected and in perfect condition.

Richard Brailsford

Plant received well and ok. It was bigger than I had expected and now has pride of place indoors in the kitchen looking wonderful!

Richard Perry

The 35litre plant arrive in perfect condition. Lovely symmetry to the crown and recommend to anyone who wants a touch of the exotic in their garden. This is the second palm/cycad Ive had from The Palm centre and the quality is consistent and delivery is prompt and efficient.

Mark Curtis

i bought the 5ltr. cycas revoluta. It arrived extremely well packed and in very good condition, it is such a beautiful plant. Thankyou all at the palm centre and i will be ordering more plants.


Bought the 5ltr pot arrived very well packaged, really lovely palm, well worth the money

C. Spencer

Received sago palm 5ltr pot came really well packaged, well worth the money, beautiful condition really pleased,

Catherine Spencer

I bought the 5ltr pot and was very impressed with both the condition of the plant and the packaging. The plant is very healthy and a superb addition to my large collection of plants.


Bought the 5 litre pot and it has just arrived. So exciting to unwrap and fantastic value for money. Cant wait to plant it out

Carole Martin

very swift delivery, palm of an excellent size and in very good condition. thank you.

steve bowyer

Bought the 100/110cm and it is stunning! It arrived well packaged and in amazing condition!