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Yucca thompsoniana

Family: Agavaceae (ah-gav-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Yucca (YUK-uh) (Info)
Species: thompsoniana (tom-soh-nee-AY-nuh) (Info)

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive YuccaShawn On Jan 16, 2007, YuccaShawn from Brooklyn, NY wrote:

This trunking yucca is a must have. I have 2 four footers in my back yard. The growth rate is faster than my yucca rostrata (In my yard). The compact look it has is great for big city yards like mine.

The first thompson yucca I got was half dead. I had little hope for that one but before the cold weather came calling. It started growing new leafs, I was in complete shock. These yucca's are a keeper for lower New York state.

Positive palmbob On Apr 16, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Smaller attractive tree Yucca native to Texas. Has thin, flat pointed leaves and a woody stem. Great landscape plant for mod sized xeriscape gardens. Some consider this the same species as Yucca rostrata, but a branching form of it. Flowers are identical and leaves looks pretty similar to me as well


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fountain Hills, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Bonsall, California
San Marino, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California
Chicago, Illinois
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Brooklyn, New York
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania (2 reports)

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