A wonderful tree yucca for the colder desert gardens. As with most tree yuccas it is slow growing if you start with a seedling. But when they get off the ground they speed up considerably. They can take more winter ground moister than a Joshua-tree, and have a soft tropical looking crown.
This the biggest soap-tree yucca (Y.elata) I have. Its over ten years old, started from a seedling it is just now starting to grow a trunk. It froze back many times when it was younger, but has gained much cold-hardiness. With beautiful 30 inch long leaves my only regret is I wish I would have plant many more.
This one I moved to higher ground and it has done much better.
This one is having a hard time, but give it time and it will look awesome.
And this is my second biggest elata I have and was the one that flowered this year.
This fire, the closest fire we have seen this year. Moved 6 miles in 20 minutes, over 10 miles long by the time they slowed it down. Belive it or not most of the fires I don't even post. Crazy fire year!