Dioon edule
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Dioon edule

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Common name: Chestnut Dioon

Special Notes: Larger close relative of D. angustifolium.  Seeds were processed by indigenous people to remove toxins for consumption. Slow growing, single trunk to 3-6 feet, eventually forming new trunks from the base, dull light green flat leaves, male cones produce musky odor in late evening.

Native to: Northeastern Mexico - Tamaulipas & Nueva Leon
Form: Single trunk, growing new trunks at base over time. Flat leaves.
Size: 3-6 ft
Cones: Male cones produce musky odor in late evening
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Drought tolerant, but needs some summer water
Hardiness: to 20F
Soil: Well drained soil