Joshua tree Agavaceae Yucca brevifolia
Leaf:Evergreen, stiff and dagger-like, numerous at the ends of branches, 6 to 12 inches long, sharp pointed tip, edges fine toothed, blue green.
Flower:Bell-shaped, 1 1/2 inch long, creamy yellow-green, occur at the ends of branches in upright 1 to 1 1/2 foot long clusters, appearing in spring.
Fruit:Light brown to reddish capsule, 2 1/2 to 5 inches long, 2 inches in diameter, 6 celled, initially fleshy, dries and falls soon after maturity in late spring.
Bark:Light brown, initially covered with brown dead leaves, later irregularly scaly ridged and furrowed.
Form:Picturesque, typically with a single, short trunk and many heavy, wide spreading limbs reaching up to 40 feet tall.