- Category: Landscape
Cycads and their use in Public Landscaping and Streetscaping
There are species of Cycads suitable for all Shade, Sun and Wind Exposure Conditions, even coastal saline soils and winds are not a problem for some species. With so many arid-zone species to choose from, Cycads are ideal plants to include as part of new, sustainable landscapes.
Cycads are very undemanding as to the soil types that they are planted into as long as there is adequate drainage, given regular watering and fertilizerthese plants will always look at their best.
Low Growing Cycads as Bedding and Border Plants also Ideal for Xeriscapes
Zamia: Waterwise Cycads in Xeriscape.There are varieties of Zamia integrifolia that have a low growth habit and is salt hardy and Drought Hardy, these are suitable for use in Median Strip Group Plantings or Public Gardens bordering footpaths, lawns,roads and also In Rockery Plantings in full sun as the Predictable Growth Habit of these is compact and will only grow to around half a meter in exposed conditions, they will grow to 1 meter in more sheltered conditions or when in a crowded situation. some species are ideal as Boundary Barrier Plants
Zamia furfuracea, Zamia spartea and Zamia loddegesii are low growing bushy species with a suckering habit, they are also suitable for the above purposes and are very wind and salt hardy for coastal conditions and can also thrive in harsh, hot, sunny inland situations, they will not withstand exposure to heavy frosts, they are drought hardy when fully established and will require very little water, these will grow to 1.5 meters when group planted and will also create an impenetrable border if desired, leaves can be removed at beginning of growing season every 2 years to keep height of leaves at a lower height as each subsequent flush of leaves tends to reach above the last to get to the sunlight. These plants are very hardy and attractive when used in the right situation in the landscape situationsin Median Strip Group Plantings or Public Gardens bordering footpaths, lawns and roads and in Xerophytic Plantings in Rockeries or Extremely Exposed Sites. Good Drainage is Very Important.There are several other species also available for this category.
Medium Sized Cycads as Landscape Features and Border/Screening Plants
There are many low water demand species of Cycad in this Category that will suit just about every niche or any place in the Landscape some will happily grow in Shade, Part Shade and Full Sun situations, some species are hardy enough to thrive in almost every situation in Median Strip Feature Plantings or Public Gardens Features bordering footpaths, lawns and roads and also as Features in their own right. Some species are very slow growing (Predictable Growth Habit) so make a nice feature in a rockery or similar landscape to maintain the integrity of the design.
There are Cycas, Ceratozamia, Dioon, Encephalartos, Lepidozamia, Macrozamia and Zamia that will fit into this category.
These are listed in detail in the Cycad Information Pages on the website, further information will be added here later.
Majestic Advanced Architecturally Striking Landscape Feature Cycads
These Advanced larger growing Cycads of Cycas, Ceratozamia, Dioon, Encephalartos, Lepidozamia, Macrozamia make excellent architecturally striking unique landscape feature plants when planted around Public Buildings and as Lawn Specimens. Their Growth Habits and Dimensions are well documented and are entirely Predictable. A particular species can be selected to fit into any particular site to Enhance your Landscape, this plant can have a single trunk or may also be multi-trunked , some care must be exercised to ensure that the right species is used in the right situation. We can reccomend a particular species for your project. Some large cycad species have very strong Drought Hardy Xerophytic Tendancies and can be planted in extremely harsh environments. Cycads can be prickly as in Encephalartos and Dioon, these need to be set back from pedestrian pathways or areas that can easily be accessed as they can be uncomfortable to touch, there are other species of Cycas and Lepidozamia that are user friendly and make a striking feature with leaves to 2- 3meters and up to 4 -5 meters in some rare species.These large Cycads can make a striking feature in a large container in the entrance to a Public Building or Resort Hotel as Cycads are seen as a sign of affluence and make a lasting impression on visitors and locals alike.