Yucca elephantipes ‘Jewel’

giant yucca
Beautiful jade-tone variegation. Spineless, super tough, & versatile. Nice in containers. More yellow than Silver Star.
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height 12–20ft
width 3–6ft
tolerates Coast, Drought, Deer , Heat, Pots, Rooftops, Neglect, Salt, Wind
Low – Moderate
This yucca loves it all. Plant it, never water it, and it’ll look good and grow, but give ample water during warm weather and watch it take off!

We often see very old and massive specimens in abandoned yards, looking fabulous surrounded by scorched weeds. This thing is tough!
exposure Full Shade – Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Heavy Soil, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing All Purpose, Low Needs
origin Hybrid

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

While we haven’t seen the cultivar ‘Jewel’ get as massive as the typical green species, there’s really no reason to think that it couldn’t with time. To be on the safe side keep it planted well back from any underground utilities.
Arms can be cut off and dug in during the fall and will root without assistance, even on baking hot western hillsides in Sunset Zone 16.
Does well in pots, but they should be sturdy and well built. Over the years this plant will rupture low fire terracotta or fibreclay.
Can be cut to within a foot of the ground and will rebound readily with a bushier overall form. Pruning scars are long lasting.

More Info

This plant was grown for an outdoor environment, so we do not recommend moving it inside. In general we do not recommend moving plants raised for an outdoor environment indoors.
This plant would make a good houseplant if it had been grown in a controlled greenhouse with houseplant soil. This ‘greenhousing’ ensures that plants who come home with you are well acclimated to indoor life, and also that they don’t have any pests. It is common for outdoor plants to have other passengers as well, such as earthworms or centipides that don’t necessarily hurt the plant, but aren’t welcome indoors.
If you consider yourself an expert gardener, you can of course attempt to transition this plant indoors. In that case you’ll want to strip all the soil from the rootball, wash the roots clean and then spray the entire plant (leaves, undersides of the leaves, all the cracks and roots) with a mix of one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol in a cup of water. Repot the plant in the appropriate sterile soil/pot and take extra care as it transitions to the indoors, especially looking for pests and treating at the first sign of problems. Always consider the risk that any bugs could also affect other houseplants you have nearby.
For some plants, we sell two versions: outdoor-grown and greenhouse-grown. If you’re looking to grow this plant indoors, feel free to ask our staff if we have a greenhouse-grown version in stock.