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Banana Yucca
Yucca baccata
About Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata) Nurseries Show All Photos Yucca baccata (Datil Yucca or Banana Yucca) is a common species of yucca native to the deserts of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, from southeastern California north to Utah, east to western Texas and south to Sonora and Chihuahua. In California it is found primarily in northeastern San Bernardino County. It gets its name from its banana-shaped fruit. Banana Yucca is closely related to the Mojave Yucca (Y. schidigera), with which it is interspersed where their ranges overlap; hybrids between them occur. It is also related to Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) and is found primarily in Joshua Tree Woodland in California.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Shrub, Succulent

Max. Height
3 - 6 ft (0.9 - 1.8 m)

Max. Width
6 ft (1.8 m)


Growth Rate
Slow, Moderate


Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
High desert mountains and plateaus where snow is common in winter

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
285' - 7735'

Annual Precip. ?
4.3" - 13.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.25" - 3.12"

Coldest Month ?
39.2° F - 59.6° F

Hottest Month ?
61.7° F - 88.1° F

Humidity ?
2.01 vpd - 40.93 vpd

Soil Description
Typically coarse, fast draining decomposed granite

Soil PH
6.5 - 8.0


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 5° F

Sunset Zones ?
2, 3, 7*, 8, 9, 10*, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22, 23

Wildlife Attracted
Numerous insects are attracted to the flowers. Birds and small mammals are attracted to the fruits.

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low, Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist


Dried leaves may be removed at any time for a neater appearance

Propagation ?
By seed

Common uses
Hedges, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Datil Yucca, Izote De Dátil

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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