Sago Palm is not a palm. Cycads are palm-like primitive plants more related to the ferns. The Sago Palm is native to Japan and is a favorite and very noticible landscape plant in the Deep South, U.S. It slowly forms a short trunk topped with long fronds with stiff, dark green leaflets. On older plants elongated cone like pollen bearing spikes are seen atop male plants and "nests" of large orange coated seeds in the crowns of female plants. Sago Palm is subject to winter damage in the upper zone 8 limits of its cultural range and may lose all leaves or a scattering of leaflets. A flush of new leaves usually appears with warm weather. Plant in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.
USDA Hardiness Zone 8-10