soaptree yucca Agavaceae Yucca
elata (Engelm.) Engelm.
|Leaf: Evergreen, flexible and narrowly strap-like, up to 3 feet long and 1/2 inch wide, yellow-green on both surfaces, the leaf margins fibrous, tips sharp pointed.
Flower: Bell-shaped, 1 1/2 inch long, creamy white to yellow-green, occur at the growing tips in upright clusters that approach 7 feet tall, branched only near the tip of the cluster, appearing early summer.
Fruit: Dry capsules borne upright on the woody inflorescence, approximately 2 inches long, initially green and drying to brown, ripening in early autumn.
Bark: Gray-brown, initially covered with brown dead leaves, later becoming furrowed.
Form: Picturesque, usually unbranched cylidrical small trees that grow in clumps, with tufts of leaves at the tips, to 20 feet.
Looks like: banana yucca
- Joshua tree
- Mojave yucca
- Torrey's yucca
| Additional Range Information:
Yucca elata is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting soaptree yucca.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson