Yucca filamentosa 'COLOR GUARD'

Yucca filamentosa
Yucca filamentosa 'COLOR GUARD'
Adam's needle
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.3-1.5m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-0.8m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES ++multicoloured:green a light green a yellow
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME June - July
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Exotics
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Color Guard is another variegated Adam’s needle. It is a tough and beautiful variety. Its sword-like are medium soft, definitely not sharp as those of yucca gloriosa, deep green at margins and butter yellow to rich yellow in the centre. Between these two colour appear soft green highlights. From autumn till spring yellow colour on older leaves is substituted with orange and salmon red. In second half of June it produces numerous creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers on sturdy stems, up to 160 cm tall. When in full bloom it looks like a giant lily-of-the-valley. It is suggested to remove the entire stems right after flowering.

Yucca looks great if we let it show its architectural character. Thanks to its grass-like appearance it will combine easily with compact conifers and other evergreen shrubs with leathery leaves of various shapes and sizes. Its tropical accent will be of use in exotic-styled landscapes, and can be enhanced by mulching with white or light grey gravel and stones around.

Adam’s needle is not fussy about soil type provided it is well-drained. We tried planting it in partially wet site where it does surprisingly well seldom flowers. Grow it in full sun and expect it to expand by making young plants near mother plant. Unwanted plants can be easily removed and transplanted in spring or autumn. Even though it comes from sough USA it is very hardy and withstands -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 18-02-2018

TIPS for luxurious care:

Remove individual spent flowers as soon as possible. They may deface the plant, especially in rainy weather when they tend to rot soon. Remove any old, ill-looking leaves after winter leaving only stiff, healthy leaves for a great looking plant. The mother plant is slowly dying after flowering, remove it completely at the roots, leaving its young nursling around that will become strong adults capable of flowering more quickly.
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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