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Faxon Yucca*

Yucca faxoniana

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Faxon Yucca (Yucca faxoniana) at Walton's Garden Center

Faxon Yucca

Faxon Yucca

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  12 feet

Flower Height:  15 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  West Texas Tree Yucca, Spanish Dagger

Description:

A very showy succulent with spear-like leaves radiating from the center and beautiful tall spikes of nodding white flowers in spring; eventually forms a tall trunk; good for dry sites, best used in a southwestern landscape theme, surprisingly hardy

Ornamental Features

Faxon Yucca features bold spikes of white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in late spring. It has attractive bluish-green foliage. The sword-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Faxon Yucca is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Faxon Yucca is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Faxon Yucca will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity extending to 15 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

Faxon Yucca makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features