SelecTree: Tree Detail

GIANT YUCCA
Yucca elephantipes

Yucca elephantipes Yucca elephantipes Yucca elephantipes Yucca elephantipes Yucca elephantipes Yucca elephantipes Yucca elephantipes

Photo Locations: Leaning Pine Arboretum - Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA and Santa Barbara Courthouse - Santa Barbara, CA

General Notes

Does best with good drainage and ample water. Flowers are pollinated by the Pronuba Moth, which lays its eggs in the ovary of the yucca flowers. 'Variegata', a variegated leaf form, is also available.

Native to Mexico and Central America.

Family: Agavaceae

Tree Characteristics

Erect with a Low Canopy.

Sword Palm Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 20 - 30 feet.

Width: 10 - 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Linear, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Cream or White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Brown, Red or Mostly Green Capsule, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer.

Bark Light Gray or Red Brown, Fissured.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Flowers and Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 12, 13, 16 - 17 and 19 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 12.

Exposure Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Neutral to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Texas Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Fire Resistance is Favorable.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Yucca elephantipes Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 23, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/yucca-elephantipes >

SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
Cal Poly / ESRI