Common name: Mombasa cycad

Native to: Kenya and Tanzania

 

The Mombasa Cycad (Encephalartos hildebrandtii) is a spectacular, evergreen, arborescent cycad. Its trunk grows to 30 cm in diameter, and it can grow over time to 6 m tall. Each stem is topped with a crown of long, stiff fronds up to 3 metres long, with slightly keeled leaflets having more than 3 teeth on their edges, and a 2-3 spines forming “trident” tips. New leaves emerge a very attractive orange to olive green, hardening off to a glossy dark green.

Encephalartos hildebrandtii

Ksh500.00Price
  • Native / exotic: Native

    Aspect: Semi shade

    Flowers: No flowers; cone

    Fragrance: None

    Foliage: Evergreen, glossy stiff leaves with dentate leaflets. The new leaves emerge as a very attractive orange to olive green in colour.

    Growth habit: Arborescent; well developed, cylindric, casually branched

    Hardiness: Hardy

    Height: Up to 6 metres

    Spread: Up to 2 metres

    Soil requirements: Well drained soils with moderate water

    Uses: Large ornamental structural plants

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