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Products > Yucca elephantipes 'Variegata'
 
Yucca elephantipes 'Variegata' - Variegated Giant Yucca
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Agavaceae (now Asparagaceae)
Origin: Guatemala (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Y. gloriosa 'Variegata', Hort. Y. guatemalensis]
Parentage: Y. guatemalensis
Height: 15-25 feet
Width: 10-20 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Yucca elephantipes 'Variegata' (Variegated Giant Yucca) - This is a quick and easy-growing treelike yucca with a trunk, usually multi-stemmed, to 15 feet tall or more. Some specimens can even reach a height of 25 feet. The soft-tipped 12-18 inch long flexible leaves are pale green with broad cream-colored stripes. Large white flowers appear in late spring or summer on 2-3 foot tall flower stalks. It will grow in seaside gardens. Do not plant it near foundations as this yucca is hard to remove once mature. There has long been a discussion on the validity of applying the name Yucca gloriosa to this plant. The true Yucca gloriosa of the southeastern United States is shorter, with blue green leaves that are more rigid and the plant does not get as massive a base. David Ferguson wrote in the VOL.73 of the Cactus & Succulent Journal that nurseries on the west coast have long misidentified Yucca elephantipes as Yucca gloriosa. The name Yucca was given to the genus by Linnaeus, perhaps by mistake, as it is the Latinized derivation of "yuca", the Caribbean name for Cassava (Manihot esculenta) an unrelated plant in the Euphorbia family that is native to the Caribbean area. Interestingly it was also Linnaeus who applied the name Manihot to Yuca.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Yucca elephantipes 'Variegata'.
 
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