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Yucca brevifolia

Joshua Tree

Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

YUCCA

All plants have tough, swordshaped leaves and large clusters of typically white or whitish, rounded to bell-shaped flowers. Some are stemless clumps; others have trunks and reach tree size. Best in well-drained soil.Most need only occasional deep soakings.

Yucca brevifolia

From deserts of Southern California,Nevada, Utah, Arizona.Few-branched, slow-growingplant to 15–30 ft. by 30 ft.;both trunk and branches areheavy. Gray-green, spiny-tippedleaves to 16 in. long, 1 in. wide,clustered near branch ends. Old,dead leaves hang on. Dense,foot-long clusters of greenishwhite, 3-in. flowers in late winterand spring. Collected plants aresometimes sold; nursery plantsare very slow to form trunks.Best in dry, well-drained soil indesert gardens. Difficult underordinary garden conditions.

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