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Plant Identification: Cordylines or perhaps something else?

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Ez90
South West Rocks
Australia
(Zone 10b)

February 3, 2013
10:44 PM

Post #9407617

Hi everyone,

I was hoping you can help identify these two plants in part of the back garden. Mum says they are Cordylines (doesn't know what type), but they don't really look like any of the pictures of cordylines that I have come across. I'm starting to think they resemble something closer to a Yucca, rather than a cordyline? Any help would be appreciated, thankyou.

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


February 3, 2013
11:29 PM

Post #9407623

I think the first three are Dracaenas, though I cannot see the first photo all that well... 2-3 Dracaena marinates, and 4-5 looks like variegated Yucca gloriosa.. no Cordylines seen in any shots.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


February 4, 2013
4:23 AM

Post #9407695

Dracaena marginata and Yucca guatemalensis 'Silver Star'.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


February 4, 2013
5:59 AM

Post #9407788

Yucca guatamalensis Silver Star normally has a somewhat thicker trunk, longer leaves and less stiff ones. I will stick with Yucca gloriosa.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


February 4, 2013
2:59 PM

Post #9408458

http://www.gardenworldimages.com/Details.aspx?ID=183071&TypeID=1
http://plantlust.com/plants/yucca-elephantipes-silver-star/images/21629/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kitlogan/5590446770/
http://srisairamakrishnanursery.com/ornamental.html (bottom)
http://www.gapphotos.com/imagedetails.asp?imageno=318033
and many more in google images that match.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


February 4, 2013
4:21 PM

Post #9408542

Sad to see such massive mistaken identification.. oh well. Not going to argue, but to say all are incorrect (not really that uncommon a situation).

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


February 4, 2013
4:33 PM

Post #9408560

Well, then what are they that I linked?

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


February 4, 2013
5:51 PM

Post #9408652

Yucca gloriosa. Below are some shots of variegated Yucca guatamalensis (no idea what cultivar name or even if there is one) but you can see what a real Yucca guatamalensis (aka elephantipes) looks like... massive plants with leaves about 3' long. There are several very popular plants sold at thousands of nurseries around the country ALL misidentified... this is just one of those. For more commonly misidentified plants, look up Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (actually K luciae) and Auracaria heterophylla (actually A columnaris). Just because the majority of these plants are labeled incorrectly does not make their true identities any different.

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growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


February 4, 2013
8:18 PM

Post #9408811

I guess what is stopping me from looking at it as Y. gloriosa is the width of the leaves shown below and in the plant in my yard. Maybe different climate, different leaf width. I know Yucca guatamalensis wouldn't survive the winter here. Anyone else mind to take a look at this and pipe in?

Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata'

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


February 4, 2013
9:13 PM

Post #9408846

There are quite a variety of cultivars of Yucca gloriosa, some having wide leaves and some relatively narrow, some being taller and others hardly forming a stem. Since this plant is obviously a cultivar, it is possibly a hybrid Yucca of gloriosa (and something else- maybe even guatemalensis).

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