Cardboard Palm Tree – Zamia furfuracea

cardboard palm tree3 Cardboard Palm Tree   Zamia furfuracea

The Cardboard Palm Tree, scientific name Zamia furfuracea, is a shrubby looking plant that is usually used indoors as a houseplant or outdoors underneath large palm trees.  Zamia furfuracea is not real palm but rather a cycad, like Sago Palm.

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Cardboard Palm Tree Profile

cardboard palm tree10 Cardboard Palm Tree   Zamia furfuraceaScientific name: Zamia furfuracea

Common names: The Cardboard Palm is also known as Cardboard Plant, Cardboard Sago, Cardboard Cycad, Jamaican Sago, and Mexican Cycad.

Family: Zamiaceae

Origin: Cardboard Palm is native to Mexico.

Appearance: Zamia furfuracea has a short think fleshy trunk covered with old leaf bases. Trunk collects water that is used during drought. The Cardboard Palm has pinnate, feathery-like, leaves which grow from the center of the trunk reaching 3-4ft long. Leaves are olive green, overlapping, with a fuzzy surface that looks like they are made of plastic. They feel like cardboard to the touch, hence the name Cardboard Palm.

The circular crowns of leaves looks like a cross between fern and palm tree. They form a symmetrical rosette growing upright in full sun and horizontal in shade. Thick leaves are covered with thick oval leaflets which are about 5 inches long and 1 inch wide.

cardboard palm tree1 Cardboard Palm Tree   Zamia furfuraceaFlowers/Fruits: The Cardboard Palm has male and female reproductive system on separate plants. It produces interesting shaped cones, egg-shaped on the female plant and long oval-shaped on the male. When ripe, the female cone breaks to reveal bright red seeds, about 1 inch long. This fruit is not eatable and is known to be toxic to dogs and cats.

Growth Rate: Slow. Younger palm grows at a slower rate but accelerates after forming a trunk. The Cardboard Palm grows in clumps and can get up to 5-10ft tall and 1-5 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both The Cardboard Palm Tree is a very popular house plant, because it is very easy to grow and maintain. If you want to grow it indoors, make sure it gets as much light as possible during its growing periods that happened once or twice a year, usually from March to June.

Cold Tolerance: It can be considered cold hardy because it is known to handle temperatures down to 20F. It is great for USDA Zones 9a (20 to 25 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Partial shade to full sun.

Water Req: It can also tolerate drought and doesn’t require a lot of water. The Cardboard Palm likes moist well drained soil. When you water, the water gets stored in the trunk of the Cardboard Palm and is used in times of drought. To avoid root rot, don’t let it sit in the water.

Maintenance: Easy. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continues release formula twice a year during growing season.

Propagation: Propagated by seeds.

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~Susan Brian

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12 Responses to “Cardboard Palm Tree – Zamia furfuracea”

  1. Hi-
    I have a nice size cardboard palm on my front yard that has been infected by a white-ish fungus on the bottom of the leaves and appears to be dying. What remedies can I take to save this wonderful plant?

    Thank you for your reply

  2. I’m hardly an expert but it may asian scale. I have to spray my segos periodically with indoor flea spray as it’s a recurring problem in Central Florida. I use “Adams Flea & Tick Home & Carpet Spray.” The Hartz brand is too powerful and kills the leaves on contact. Just give the leaves, top and bottom, a light dusting of the spray and it should take care of your problem.

    I hope this helps.

  3. I am a new cardboard palm owner and was wondering how the leaves grow- when I bought mine it had three sets of leaves coming from the female cone or stem whatever- but one by one some of the leaves are yellowing and falling off- and I see no new growth- will they sprout from the bulb/stem/female cone or will I have to wait for the seeds- I heard the cone will pop open and seeds will come out- I do not have any answers about the scale as I haven’t experienced that

  4. I want to plant two cardboard palms in the front yard because the dog and cats do not go in the front yard. However, the drain fields from the septic system are close by the best spot for the palms. Is the root system similar to that of Jasmine or Juniper? I don’t need to plant something that will invade the drain field of my septic system. Thank you for your information.

  5. Jim, I am a local horticulturalist at Nutrients Plus. A Zamia does not have an aggressive root system but does grow in a smallish type cluster, so it will not effect you septic system! As for the other questions Aulacaspis Scale or asian scale attacks the roots as well as the foliage and will cause death and that is why it is a big problem. Those sprays MP mentioned are Permethrins which might kill the scale you see but not the more critical ones you do not! A mix of fish oil spray called organocide will kill the crawlers but again will not kill the others! You must use a systemic spray that enters into the plant making it toxic to this scale! This is the only long term cure, a typical product would be merit insecticide for this purpose! Cheers and good luck! Sal

  6. I live in the tropics and have several Zamias Furfurae planted on my front and back yard. They seem to thrive and have grown too quickly reaching heights of three to four feet and diameters of up to 10 feet. Several ancillary plants are growing together, they seem to have a common root system.
    I will like to prune them and control their size. Any one has an idea of how to accomplish this?
    It is a very hardy plant which grows too quickly. No diseases and carefree except for the difficulties in pruning. I end up removing the plant completely because of their size.

  7. My cardboard palm has had leaves fall off branches during winter I live in tx, not to cold, but wondering if to cut back or will new branches grow with new leaves, really enjoy this palm.

  8. Hi Chuck. Cutting back will only put more stress on the palm. Wait for warmer weather and start fertilizing it. ~Susan Brian

  9. I cut my cardboard palms back completely in the Spring when all fear of frost has past. They come back even more beautiful every year I do this.

  10. I have a cardboard palm that I put in full sun last year and the leaves turned brown and fell off. I moved it to partial shade and it slowly came back. I live in North Louisiana, and had to bring it inside for winter. As spring approaches, I wonder if I should put it in full or partial sun?

  11. I live in Central Florida and our Cardboard Palms are in full sun in different areas of the yard. They are beautiful! About 4 ft. tall and full. They have never been trimmed. It is mostly hot and humid here. Just thought Erin might want to try her palm outside again.

  12. We have a black soot on our cardboard palm. How can we treat it?

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