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Yucca brevifolia (Joshua Tree)

Joshua Tree, Tree Yucca, Cactus-Yucca, Yucca-Palm


An impressive sight, Yucca brevifolia (Joshua Tree) is a large, slow-growing, upright evergreen tree with a stout trunk, heavy branches and an open, rounded canopy. Rosettes of stiff, narrow, sharply pointed, gray-green leaves, 6-14 in. long (15-35 cm), are clustered near the branch tips. The old dead leaves hang on the plant covering the trunk and stems. In spring, magnificent terminal panicles, up to 20 in. long (50 cm), bear greenish-white flowers that are pollinated by a moth. Long-lived (150 years or more), Joshua Tree is an important source of food and shelter for wildlife. Around 25 species of birds use Joshua trees as nesting sites and small mammals eat the seeds. Carefree and durable, Joshua Tree makes a dramatic landscape statement. A signature species of the Mojave Desert, it is a great specimen plant for xeriscape gardens or desert gardens.

  • Grows up to 15-30 ft. tall and wide (4-9 m).
  • Easily grown in coarse, dry, well-drained soils in full sun. Drought tolerant.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer resistant
  • Remove old flowering stems but leave the dried leaves. These absorb moisture and help sustain and insulate the plant especially in cold, desert areas.
  • Propagate by seed, rhizomes, stem cuttings, or by digging offsets.
  • Native to Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Climate Zones 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Yucca
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 30' (4.5m – 9m)
Spread 15' – 30' (4.5m – 9m)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Rocky Mountains, Utah, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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Joshua Tree National Park, USFWS Pacific Southwest Region, Flickr, Shutterstock

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Climate Zones 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Yucca
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 30' (4.5m – 9m)
Spread 15' – 30' (4.5m – 9m)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Rocky Mountains, Utah, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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