Adam's Needle Yucca

Product Code: yucca

Yucca filamentosa (Adams Needle)
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Adam's Needle is a "cactus looking" type of deciduous shrub that has dense clumps of erect narrow green leaves. The creamy-white flowers are born on 3-5' tall spikes in mid-summer. The part of the plant that produces the flower will die out after the bloom is finished, and small plants around the main plant will take over. An excellent plant for rock garden or foundation planting. Needs a dry, sunny location. Remove old leaves or winter burned leaves in early spring and allow new leaves to develop from the center of the plant.

Planting & Care for Deciduous Shrub - Yucca 

Preparation

  • The best of the yuccas for low maintenance, drought resistant landscaping.
  • Flowers in summer with grand spires of fragrant snow white bells.
  • Fast growing shrub around to 3-5’ tall in bloom x 4’ wide.
  • An excellent plant for rock garden or foundation planting.
  • Needs a dry, sunny location.

Opening Plant Material

  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove the plant from the container. 

Planting containers

  • Yuccas can be planted early spring.
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more wider on the sides.
  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Adjust the plant height so the root crown is slightly higher than the ground.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
  • Back-fill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
  • Water frequently when newly planted. 

Pruning - After Planting

  • Containers - Although it is not essential for container plants to be pruned after planting, a light pruning to remove any broken branches during shipment and improve shape will help the looks of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Tackle pruning in early spring, shortly before the growing season.
  • Pruning isn’t necessary for outdoor yuccas, though it makes for an easy way to keep it from completely overpowering the yard.
  • Determine the halfway mark on your yucca and using a saw or similar cutting device, lop off the top leafy section of the trunk. If you don’t want to make it quite as short as the halfway point, you can cut higher. 

 Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information on container plants and how to plant them. 

Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos for Decidious Shrub - Yucca

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The best of the yuccas for low maintenance, drought resistant landscaping.
  • Flowers in summer with grand spires of fragrant snow white bells.
  • Fast growing shrub around to 3-5’ tall in bloom x 4’ wide.
  • Adam's Needle is a "cactus looking" type of deciduous shrub that has dense clumps of erect narrow green leaves.
  • The creamy-white flowers are born on 3-5' tall spikes in mid-summer.
  • The part of the plant that produces the flower will die out after the bloom is finished, and small plants around the main plant will take over.
  • An excellent plant for rock garden or foundation planting.
  • Needs a dry, sunny location.
  • Remove old leaves or winter burned leaves in early spring and allow new leaves to develop from the center of the plant. 
  • Pruning isn’t necessary for outdoor yuccas, though it makes for an easy way to keep it from completely overpowering the yard.
  • The best time to do your pruning is in the spring, shortly before the growing season. Determine the halfway mark on your yucca and using a saw or similar cutting device, lop off the top leafy section of the trunk. If you don’t want to make it quite as short as the halfway point, you can cut higher. 

How to plant containers

 

 

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 4-9

Bloom Time: June
Color: Green, White
Plant Size: 3-5’ tall (in bloom) x 4’ wide
Flower Color: White
Fall Color: Green
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: Yes

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