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Joshua Tree

Yucca brevifolia

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Succulents
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Tageticula moths
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
20'-50' × 10-30'
Flowering Season February-May
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 0 °F
Leaf Description Rigid, pointed, light green
Fruit Dry capsule with thin black seeds
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Elevation Range 1300-5000 ft.
Description One of the most well known and striking plants of the North American deserts. Joshua Tree looks ripped directly from a Dr. Seuss book, with stiff green leaves topping off irregularly growing branches. Best known as a California plant, this species occurs in western Arizona in areas with Mojave desert botanical affiliations. Appropriate for warm gardens throughout the western, central, and southern parts of Arizona. Plant in loose, well draining soil and water infrequently, but deeply. Joshua Tree does well on mounds. These plants will grow very slow but over time can form by far the most stunning specimen of any of the native Yuccas. Stalks of White flowers grace the 20+ ft. tall branches of mature Joshua Trees.