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Description

The Beaked yucca is a handsome species of yucca that grows with a single trunk and dense crown of foliage, 6-15 ft. tall; sometimes two or more heads develop on mature plants. Stiff blue-green leaves are 2 ft. long, have drooping tips and together create a large circular canopy; old leaves persist on trunks for many years unless removed. Striking clusters of creamy-white flowers occur on 2-3 ft. long stalks well above the foliage in early spring.

Beaked yucca is native to the Chihuahuan desert regions of Mexico and parts of western Texas where it tolerates heat, aridity, sun and temperatures to 10°F. It develops striking foliage character and colorful flower clusters that make it popular as an accent plant in southwestern and Mediterranean style gardens in the Inland Empire. It is often grown with other cacti and succulents, in raised planters and amount boulders.

Water Needs

The Beaked yucca is well adapted to hot climate locations in the Inland Empire where it thrives in sun and with normal winter rainfall and low amounts of summer water. When it matures, it is a colorful flowering accent shrub for courtyard and southwestern plantings due to its large flower inflorescence. Monthly deep watering from spring through fall will enhance its spring flowering cycle and help maintain good foliage character. It should be noted there are several winter months indicated by an asterisk (*) when rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water depending upon exposure conditions and size.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 1

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

 
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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Yucca
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Dense
Growth Rate: Slow
Height: 6 ft. - 15 ft.
Width: 6 ft.
Water Needs: Low 1
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Cream
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Frost, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Specimen, Hummingbird plant, Foliage accent plant, Container plant, Attracts butterflies

Maintenance

Remove dead lower leaves, if desired, any time of the year (4). Prune out dead flower stalk after spring bloom (D).

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