The Q&A Archives: Joshua Trees

Question: Will Joshua trees survive the colder climate in the higher elevations in Nevad?. I live in Reno at approximately 5000 feet. We are considered high desert. Could you please provide any other tips on growing these trees.

Answer: Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) are native to the southwest desert areas of California, Nevada, and Arizona. They would not be hardy in your growing zone, or at your elevation. The trees grow slowly to 15-30 feet with a single, heavy trunk and few, heavy branches. They have short, broad, swoard-shaped leaves that cluster near the ends of the branches. They grow best in dry, well-drained soil in desert gardens.

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