Virginia Tech Dendrology

Mojave yucca Agavaceae Yucca schidigera Roezl ex Ortgies Listen to the Latin symbol: YUSC2
Leaf: Evergreen, stiff and sword-like, numerous at the ends of branches, 12 to 24 inches long, sharp pointed tip, edges fibrous, blue-green to yellow-green, with up-curled edges.
Flower: Bell-shaped, 1 1/2 inch long, creamy white and often purple-tinged, crowded on long stalks on an upright branched cluster 1 1/2 feet tall, appearing in spring to early summer.
Fruit: Green changing to dark brown capsule, 3 to 4 inches long, 1 inch in diameter, 6 celled, initially fleshy and becoming leathery, maturing late summer.
Bark: Gray-brown, initially covered with brown dead leaves, later irregularly rough and scaly to ridged.
Form: Picturesque, typically with a single, short trunk and a few spreading limbs, reaching up to 20 feet tall.
Looks like: Joshua tree - banana yucca - soaptree yucca - Torrey's yucca
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Additional Range Information: Yucca schidigera is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Mojave yucca.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson