SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Leaning Pine Arboretum - Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA and Santa Barbara Courthouse - Santa Barbara, CA
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.
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.
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." 1995-2018. Apr 19, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/yucca-elephantipes >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
Cal Poly / ESRI