Scientific: Nolina nelsoni
Common: blue nolina, blue bear grass tree, tree Sacahuista
Family: Nolinaceae
Origin: Mountainous chaparral and open oak and juniper woodlands of Tamaulipas, Mexico

Pronounciation: No-LEE-na NEL-son-i

Hardiness zones
Sunset
10-13
USDA 8-11

Landscape Use: Strong landscape accent plant for xeric landscape themes

Form & Character: upright, stiffly pendant, yucca like

Growth Habit: Moderate upright to 20 feet with a tufted 4 to 5 feet foliar canopy at and near the terminus, will become sparsely arborescent with age.

Foliage/Texture: Medium green juvenile foliage maturing into powder blue adult foliage, all very finely serrulate (like other Nolina sp., blue nolina inflicts major deep paper cuts if mishandled!), 1.5 to 2 inches wide by 12 to 18 inches long; medium fine texture.

Flowers & Fruits: Paniculate, small yellowish white flowers on a large 6 to 10 feet panicled stalk; fruits 3 lobed and somewhat inflated.

Seasonal Color: Summer flowers when plants mature.

Temperature: Tolerant, hardy to 10oF.

Light: Full sun

Soil: WELL DRAINED soil is required, especially in winter when soils can be damp and cold.

Watering: Some deep and infrequent water is needed during summer if this plant is being grown in lower desert landscapes. No water other than rainfall is needed in winter.

Pruning: Remove dead or dying foliage to give that clean, urban 'pineappled' haircut.

Propagation: Seed, cold stratification quickens germination. Very slow to establish growing only 10 leaves in first 2 years.

Disease and pests: Fungal root rot common in cold damp soils, deer resistant.

Additional comments: Blue nolina grows well in the Phoenix/Tucson areas. Also, will grow will in Prescott and Payson. Sorry Flagstaff, it's too cold for you all to grow this exquisite accent shrub. Blue nolina is not widely grown by wholesale nurseries and usually only larger specimens are available for purchase costing in excess of $200/plant. For best availability, contact Mountain States Wholesale Nursery in Glendale, AZ. Blue nolina is one of the largest nolinas.