GardenersHQ

How to Grow Yucca elata Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Soap Tree

Soap tree

Soaptree yucca (Yucca elata) at White Sands National Monument photograph by Miguel Vieira.


Yucca elata Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Yucca elata
  • Common Name: Soap tree
  • Growing Zone: USA: 9 to 11
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Perennial, Succulents and Cacti

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 120 to 180
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 36 to 72
  • Time of Bloom: Spring and Summer
  • Flower Details: Green, White
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Upright / erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Alkaline, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Dry

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance:
  • Propagation: fresh seed held over winter or from rhizomes.
  • How to Prune:
  • Pests:
  • Diseases:

Further Information

  • Can Attract: Butterflies, Nectar-moths, small mammals
  • Tolerant of: Drought
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Specimen
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: North American native, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Yucca
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here