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Item ID: 23
Common Name: Joshuatree,
Habitat: This yucca is found in the Mojave Desert plains at 2,000 to 4,000 feet elevation.
Range: The Joshuatree is found in the Mojave Desert of northwestern Arizona, southeastern Nevada, extreme southwestern Utah and southern California.
Care: Be prepared to give this plant a spot where it can take it's time for growth. It is a very slow growing species that likes full sun and soil that drains very well. It is a good candidate for areas in and around Tucson where colder winter temperatures are common as It is a hardy plant that can take cold temperatures down to at least 10 degrees F. Plants can be obtained from many nurseries but please be patient and enjoy watching this yucca rise high in the Sonoran Desert.
Propagation: It is best to propagate Yucca brevifolia by seed. Rooting stem cuttings may not prove to be successful and is usually not reliable.
Size: In the United States this is the largest yucca species that is native. It can attain a height of over 70 feet and as much as 30 or more feet in width.
Flowers: The flower color of the Joshuatree may be greenish white or a very light creamy white.
Photo Courtesy of Vonn Watkins ©1993
Large specimen plants have a central trunk that branches with age. A number of limbs make this yucca appear to be a tree, as indeed it is. The leaves are rigid and tightly fitted to the stem. Each leaf is stiff and has a sharp point that acts as the plant's most ideal form of protection.
This is a long time favorite plant for anyone who has seen the huge plants in many parts of the Mojave Desert. Besides Joshua Tree National Monument near Twentynine Palms, California, beautiful specimens of this plant can be seen in several areas of Arizona. A favorite location of mine is along the road to Lake Mead, near the towns of Lake Mead City and Meadview on highway 25.
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