A picture of a Thunberg's Cycad

Thunberg's Cycad

Encephalartos longifolius

Also known as

Suurberg Cycad, Suurbergbroodboom (Afr.), Cycad

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3m

Max

4.5m

2m

Min

3m

0

More images of Thunberg's Cycad

A photo of Thunberg's Cycad
A photo of Thunberg's Cycad
A photo of Thunberg's Cycad
A photo of Thunberg's Cycad
A photo of Thunberg's Cycad

Thunberg's Cycad Overview

Thunberg's cycad has the most southernly habitat and is found in coastal fynbos and Karoo scrubland. Leaves are dark green and form an umbrella-shaped canopy. Female cones are 60 cm in length, weigh about 36 kg, and produce red seeds. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape.

Common problems with Thunberg's Cycad

Relative problem free with good draiage. Watch out for Scale and Mealy bug that can cause harm.

How to harvest Thunberg's Cycad

Harvest seed when mature and sow fresh.

How to propagate Thunberg's Cycad

Seed

Sow fresh mature seed as soon as collected into well-draining sand mix.

Suckers

Allow suckers to grow attached to the motherplant for about two years until they have enough reserves to survive on their own. Remove with a clean cut and use flowers-of-sulphar to help the wounds to heal.

Special features of Thunberg's Cycad

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Thunberg's Cycad

Ornamental

Edible

The Afrikaans name 'Broodboom' came from the traditional use of the pith as bread - note that Cycads is toxic and it needs a 3month fermentation process to break down those toxins!