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Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata)
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Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata)

Soaptree yuccas (Yucca elata), standing to about 20-feet tall, are a signature species of the desert grasslands in southern Arizona and southern New Mexico. In northern Arizona, southern Utah, and southeastern Nevada,soaptree yucca grows to about 10-feet tall including the flower stalk.

Soaptree Yucca generally are uncommon components of the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zone in the Grand Canyon region.

Family: Agave (Agavaceae).

Other Names: Whipple Yucca, Utah Yucca.

Plant Form: Upright yucca with narrow leaves.

Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata)

Height: Including the flower stalk, to about 30 feet in southern areas. To about 10 feet in northern areas.

Trunk: Generally 6-8 inches diameter, to about 6 feet; covered with dead leaves; sometimes branched.

Leaves: Long (to about 30 inches), narrow, straight, U-shaped, pointed tip, loose threads on the margins, dark green. Live leaves clustered at the ends of the stem(s) in dense rosettes; dead leaves stay attached for years and cover the trunks.

Flowers: Creamy-white, waxy, bell shaped, to 2-inches long. Flowers on tall stalks usually emerging from stem tips. Blooms in the spring.

Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata)

Seeds: Fruit: green seedpods about 1 inches wide and 3-inches long; three chambered.

Elevation: 1,500 to 6,000 ft.


Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata) Open seed pods seen during winter.
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Soaptree Yucca (Yucca elata) No text.

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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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