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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Yucca elata-Soaptree Yucca 

If you've driven through the grasslands of southeastern Arizona, you've no doubt seen this graceful yucca. It also ranges east through New Mexico into west Texas, and south into Mexico. This treelike yucca can grow to 6-20 feet tall, with 2 to 5 branches. A spherical head of narrow, flexible leaves crowns each branch. The leaves measure from 1 to 3 feet long, with white margins and white marginal fibers. The showy flower spikes can reach up to 15 feet tall, producing masses of waxy white flowers in the late spring. Plant Soaptree yucca in full sun and well-drained soil. Hardy to -10 F, Yucca elata is a great choice for colder locations. USDA Zone 6.

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