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Banana Yucca
Yucca baccata
  
About Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata) 19 Nurseries Carry This Plant 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
Plant Type
Shrub, Succulent

Size
Size
3 - 6 ft tall
6 ft wide

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Slow, Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Flower Color
Flower Color
White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

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

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 3 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low, Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 5° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Typically coarse, fast draining decomposed granite. Soil PH: 6.5 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Hedges, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens

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

Propagation
Propagation?
By seed

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

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

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 4.3" - 13.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.25" - 3.12", Coldest Month: 39.2" - 59.6", Hottest Month: 61.7" - 88.1", Humidity: 2.01" - 40.93", Elevation: 285" - 7735"

Alternative 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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