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Yucca rostrata (Beaked Yucca)

Beaked Yucca, Big Bend Yucca


Perhaps the most handsome yucca, Yucca rostrata (Beaked Yucca) is a very ornamental, slow-growing, evergreen tree-like yucca forming a perfectly symmetrical pom-pom, full of hundreds of 2 ft. long (60 cm), sharp-tipped, pale bluish-green leaves. This shimmering rosette is mounted atop a tree trunk, which is covered with the soft gray fibers of the old leaves, creating a silver haze. This Yucca is topped in late spring with yellow-orange flowering stalks that rise above the foliage on mature plants, and bear large clusters of white flowers. Although it can branch, Yucca rostrata is usually seen with a single trunk. Often confused with Yucca rigida, Yucca rostrata lacks the stiffness in the leaves characterizing Yucca rigida, making this plant less dangerous than most others of the genus. This species is highly tolerant of drought, heat and frost. It withstands temperatures as low as - 10°F (-23°C).

  • Adds interest to the garden and grows up to 6-15 ft. tall (180-450 cm) and 4-10 ft. wide (120-300 cm).
  • Easily grown in dry, well-drained soils in full sun. Occasional to infrequent summer irrigation needed, but will grow faster if well watered. Prefers alkaline conditions.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant, this plant attracts hummingbirds
  • Provide a striking focal point in beds and borders, gravel gardens, xeriscape gardens, Mediterranean gardens or containers.
  • Easy to propagate from seeds or cuttings
  • Native to South western Texas and northern Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents, Trees
Plant Family Yucca
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' – 15' (180cm – 4.5m)
Spread 4' – 10' (120cm – 3m)
Spacing 120" (300cm)
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, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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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 5 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 11
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents, Trees
Plant Family Yucca
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' – 15' (180cm – 4.5m)
Spread 4' – 10' (120cm – 3m)
Spacing 120" (300cm)
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, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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