Spineless Yucca (Yucca gigantea)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Yucca gigantea Accepted
Yucca guatemalensis Synonym
Yucca elephantipes Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: Can attain heights to 30 feet; usually attains heights less than 20 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 15 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Other: 1 inch brown, fleshy fruits.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Erosion control
Guardian plant
Edible Parts: Flowers
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: National Flower of El Salvador


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Posted by plantladylin (Florida Zone 9b, 10a) on Sep 15, 2011 3:46 PM

I know this plant as Yucca guatemalensis with Synonyms of Y. elephantipes and Y. gigantea. I'm not sure which is actually correct, but Spineless Yucca, a/k/a Giant yucca can grow to heights of 30'. It has the white bell-shaped blooms of other Yuccas and long 4' serrated leaves. With age, the trunk becomes thick and develops a swollen base with branches near the base.

I have a few of these Spineless Yuccas in my yard. The original came from a lopped-off stem of a neighbor's plant a couple of years ago. Cuttings root easily and I have shared a few with family, friends and other neighbors. In my experience, the ones planted in full sun grow much faster than those in shady locations.

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Posted by KAMasud (Alpha Centauri - Zone 9a) on Nov 15, 2012 11:38 PM

New shoots from base.

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Posted by greene (Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) - Zone 8b) on Dec 4, 2017 4:53 PM

My neighbor is from Guatemala where they harvest the flowers and cook them with eggs.

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