Botanical Name: Yucca baccata
Common Name: Banana or Blue Yucca, Datil  
Plant photo of: Yucca baccata
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Shrub


Height Range

3-6', 6-12'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Blue Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color

Green, Purple


Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Specimen, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences, With Rocks


Special Uses

Hedge, Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

This clump-forming Yucca grows 4 to 6 feet tall (up to 8 feet when in flower) and 10 feet wide. Clumps will typically have 5 to 20 rosettes, although rare specimens can have as many as 70. Fruit is edible and banana shaped, 5 inches long and 2 inches wide. Flower spikes are often partially enclosed in the leaves from March to April. Leaves are stiff, bluish green, 1 to 2 inches wide and 2 feet long; they are u-shaped and have white threads along the margins. Evergreen.
Grow in full sun (though it will tolerate a bit of shade) and sandy to rocky soil with good drainage. It can survive on rainfall, but will bloom more dependably with a little supplemental irrigation. Requires little maintenance; just removal of spent flower stalks. Hardy to 0F.