Pronounciation: YUK-ka glo-ree-OO-sa
Sunset 7-9, 12-13 (avoid sun full and reflected radiation exposures), 14-24
Landscape Use: Accent, focal point, Spanish architecture, tropical to subtropical, classic mesic yucca.
Form & Character: Upright and arborescent, tropical to Spanish architecture, festive, imposing.
Growth Habit: Evergreen, soft wooded perennial, moderately upright to 10 to 15 feet, multiple trunk.
Foliage/texture: Strap-like medium green leaves, 2.5 feet long by 2 to 3 inches wide, tapering to a sharp tip, somewhat bendable, loosely set on stems; coarse texture.
Flowers & fruits: Panicles of greenish to cream to pink flowers followed by 6-ribbed fruits.
Seasonal color: Cream white flowers in early summer.
Temperature: Hardy to 10oF.
Light: Partial sun best, yellows in full sun in full Phoenix sun.
Watering: Only moderately drought tolerant, wet soil conditions produce black necrotic spots on leaves.
Pruning: Remove old leaves. Occasionally, 'skin' pruned like some clumping palm.
Propagation: Seed, though stem cutting root fast by merely sticking a large stem segment into the ground outdoors.
Disease and pests: Spider mites
Additional comments: This is a mesic yucca (native to a high rainfall southeastern United States climate) that often looks yellow and chlorotic in Phoenix when planted in full sun and/or mixed into a xeric low water planting theme.