Ceratozamia fuscoviridis
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Ceratozamia fuscoviridis

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Common name: Teosintle
Special Notes: This rare, shade-loving cycad comes from the cloud forests of Mexico. New leaves are a beautiful bronze, turning to green as they grow to 6 feet long, with a red-brown trunk growing to the size of a basketball. Tolerant of light frosts, this cycad needs good drainage, summer water, regular fertilizer and partial to full shade.

Family: Zamiaceae
Native to: Mexico
Form: Small, palm-like
Size: To 8’ high and 6’ wide
Flowers: No (makes cones)
Light: Partial to full shade
Water: Drought resistant once established
Hardiness: Cold tolerant to 25°F
Soil: Well-draining soil