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Yucca baccata
Banana Yucca

$40.00 $52.00
This size 2 in stock Product ID: 319265

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CULTURAL CONDITIONS

Plant Min Zone: 5b

Plant Max Zone: 10a

Sunlight: All Day Full Sun

Water / Rainfall: Very Low

Soil Quality: Poor

FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE

Bloom Season: Early Summer

Flower Color: White, Cream

Berry / Fruit Color: None

Spring Foliage Color: Green

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Fall Foliage Color: Green

Evergreen Foliage: Yes

Winter Interest: Yes

Scented Flowers: No

PLANT TOLERANCES

Drought Tolerance: High

Wet-Feet Tolerance: Low

Humidity Tolerance: Low

Wind Tolerance: High

Poor Soil Tolerance: Sandy Soils, Rocky Soils, Alkaline Soils (high PH)

GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE

Height: 1.5' - 3'

Width: 2' - 3'

Growth Rate: Extremely Slow

Service Life: Long: 5-10 years

Maintenance Need: Low

Spreading Potential: Extremely Low

Yearly Trimming Tips: Yuccas and Cacti Need No Trimming Except to Remove the Dead Flower Stalk.

PLANT USES AND LIMITATIONS

Plant Grouping Size: Specimen Planting of 1-3

Best Side of House: South Exposure, West Exposure

Extreme Planting Locations: Survives Under Roof Overhang, Survives Severe Drought, Tolerates Extreme Heat, Resistant to Rabbits

Ornamental Features: Multiple Seasons of Interest, Exceptional / Colorful Foliage

Special Landscape Uses: None

Possible Pest Problems: Root Rot Disease

Plant Limitations: May get Occasional Winter-kill, Has Thorns, Needs Excellent Drainage, Slow to Reach Mature Size

Description

Bluish-green curved leaves from this yucca (Yucca baccata) make an excellent architectural statement. Used as a patio plant in Kansas, place in full sun with no extra watering except from rainfall. Repotting may or may not be needed depending on how large you want the plant to grow. Potted plants are hardy to at least -5 to -15 degrees F if kept dry so you can wait awhile to move these in for the winter. Then move into a cold garage, basement, or bright window over the winter with NO watering. You may also leave this plant outside if under a dry overhang all winter and freeze solid if desired. A suggestion to make this plant a lot more safe around your eyeballs is to clip the new spines off as the new leaves slowly unfurl. It is suggested to buy a large plant to start with as growth is slow. I have never seen this species flower in Kansas, but if it does, the young flower stalks can be cooked and eaten, with the tough outer rind discarded. The fruit can be also be eaten raw or cooked. Yucca baccata occurs in a large area of the North American deserts and exhibits much variation across its range. Yucca baccata specimens we sell are from the higher, mountainous regions of the Rocky Mountains with increased winter hardiness. Having desert heritage, it resents poor drainage and winter moisture. To counteract that in Kansas, plant in full sun on berm or south-facing wall with poor sandy or rocky soil with no irrigation. A large 2-3' wide specimen has flourished in our display garden in Lawrence, KS for over 15 years. It is planted partially under a south facing roof overhang and has survived -16 degrees F and a week of single digit highs in February, 2021. Amazing that a yucca native to areas receiving 4-5" of rain per year can grow in a climate receiving 10 times more rain!

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