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Schott's Yucca

Yucca schottii

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Schott's Yucca (Yucca schottii) at The Home And Garden Center

Schott's Yucca

Schott's Yucca

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Plant Height:  10 feet

Flower Height:  15 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Mountain Yucca, Hoary Yucca

Description:

A succulent cactus-like shrub with large, steel blue, sword-like leaves radiating from the center and tall spikes of nodding white flowers in autumn; once established, this variety is trunk forming; good for dry to moist sites, use as a focal accent

Ornamental Features

Schott's Yucca features bold spikes of creamy white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to early fall. It has attractive steel blue foliage. The sword-like leaves are highly ornamental and remain steel blue throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Schott's Yucca is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Schott's Yucca is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Schott's Yucca will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity extending to 15 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.

Schott's Yucca makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features