Yucca filifera

Yucca filifera

Palma china

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Yucca filifera
  • Common name: Palma china
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Yucca filifera is one of the fastest-growing yuccas, native to northern Mexico. It forms a branched tree topped with spear-shaped, upwards-facing leaves with curled filaments that appear as peeling threads from the edges. It’s not fully hardy in the UK unless kept completely dry in winter, which is difficult given its eventual height of 9m (although it rarely grows to this height in the UK). However, if space allows, it’s well worth growing in the conservatory or greenhouse. In milder regions it’s perfect for growing in a tropical planting scheme, and provides excellent structural interest. Mature plants bear large clusters of creamy, bell-shaped flowers in early summer.

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Grow Yucca filifera in very free-draining soil or compost in a sheltered spot in full sun. Protect from winter wet or grow in a container which you can move indoors in autumn. If the plant grows too tall you can simply chop the trunk to your desired height – new branches will form beneath it.

How to grow Yucca filifera

  • Plant size

    9m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Yucca filifera and wildlife

Yucca filifera has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Yucca filifera poisonous?

Yucca filifera has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People