Plant ID forum: Is this a Dracaena?

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pseudonym
Jul 24, 2016 9:56 AM CST
This plant was already established in my backyard landscape when I purchased my home a few years ago.

From searching here it looks like a Dracaena? If so, it is possible to determine the variety?

Also, there are two shoots growing up from the bottom right trunk. Is it possible to remove and root these?

Thank you for your help to identify my plant and any other info you can give me about it. It obviously needs a little TLC too.

Kind regards.


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terrafirma
Jul 24, 2016 9:58 AM CST
Welcome!

It's a form of Yucca.
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plantladylin
Jul 24, 2016 10:32 AM CST
I agree, a Yucca! There are types with sharp tipped points (very, very sharp!) and a spineless variety. I have the Spineless Yucca (Yucca gigantea) growing in my yard which looks very much like the one in your photo.
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pseudonym
Jul 24, 2016 12:26 PM CST
Thank you both for your replies. Spineless Yucca, I'll go with that! Thank You!

Do you know if it is possible to remove the shoots from the trunk and root them? Or is there another way to propagate? I'd love to grow a couple more from this one if that's possible. I'll do some research but if you have any tips, I appreciate knowing your opinions.

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Jul 24, 2016 12:27 PM CST
I agree Welcome! Welcome!
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pseudonym
Jul 24, 2016 12:31 PM CST
Thank you! I submitted my photo on the Spineless Yucca in the database.

What a lovely forum.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 24, 2016 2:03 PM CST
My neighbor used to chop her spineless yucca back all the time and stick the cuttings back in the ground where they took root. I planted cuttings in pots once and had 100% success ... gave bunches to another neighbor who planted them as a screen between her house and her next door neighbors house. Her neighbors property looked like a junk yard and they couldn't convince them to keep it clean so they finally decided to screen the ugly view and it worked. Green Grin!

Those offsets (suckers) along the trunk of your plant can definitely be removed and potted up. The one at the top appears a bit small yet but I think the lower one would root easily; cut it as close to the mother plant as possible; plant it in a well draining potting medium and water sparingly. Yucca's are quite drought tolerant.
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