Now the most common locally planted Yucca species, becoming very popular for quickly creating a compemorary tropical look while being extremely sun and drought tolerant. The leaves have relatively soft tips.
Young plants have an upright form, which has probably encouraged many people to use them in the cramped spaces available in modern gardens. however, they need to be keep well clear of buildings, fences, retaining walls etc because the woody base will expand considerably as the plant matures. The species name literally neams "elephant foot". This will surely present a problem for many homeowners in the future who did not anticipate this.
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Young Yucca elephantipes in a suburban garden
Mature Yucca elephantipes. Note the "elephant foot" trunk bases
Shoots readily forming on a woody Yucca elephantipes cut stump and even spontaneously from the base of the trunk
Plant in foreground has been cut back and is now reshooting. Unpruned specimen in background is flowering.
More online information about Yucca elephantipes
Information about other Yuccas
The following links are for general information - some species or cultivars may be unavailable in Australia
Many of the links on the general Succulents page will also contain information about Yuccas.
Benny's Yucca Page
- actually many pages of information and pictures covering many species. Denmark
Backyard Gardener column, March 22, 2000. Arizona Cooperative Extension, University of Arizona
Yucca baileyi var. navajoa
Includes some interesting notes on Yucca pollination. UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, University of British Columbia, Canada
Spanish bayonet. Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs & Vines
Spanish Dagger, Mound-Lily Yucca. University of Florida, USA (PDF)
Banana yucca. Arid Plant List, University of Arizona
Soaptree yucca. Arid Plant List, University of Arizona
) Tree Yucca. Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs & Vines
Blue yucca. Arid Plant List, University of Arizona
Beaked Yucca. The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, California USA
Mountain Yucca. Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs & Vines
Possible Misspellings: Yuca, Yukka, Yucka, Yuka