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Huge Yucca Elephantipes/Gigantea around London

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I have noticed these things growing like rockets around London to the point that they start dominating their space. They seem to gain quite a bit of vertical height very quickly as well in these sheltered London gardens. I'm assuming they were all planted as tiny 'houseplants' from B&Q and Homebase, which have grown big. These are found everywhere in London now as you will see...

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This one I have already posted before. It's one of the biggest for sure. 

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Check out the size of this south London Elephantipes in Peckham...!!!

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Here's another big one in a Chiswick front garden, however I cannot find the exact street view location of it unfortunately. 

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There's plenty more out there...

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@Axel Amsterdam Anymore you can contribute to this list? I know you are the main guy for uncovering Yucca's in northwest Europe. I have spotted far bigger ones in the past around London, but I can't remember where they are exactly now? I'm pretty sure I have missed 2-3 of the biggest London Elephantipes...? I couldn't find the exact location the big multi-head one in Chiswick. 

 

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Axel Amsterdam

I can't find them at the mo, if I see new ones I will post them here. 

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Swolte

Nice, what's the coldest these would have seen?

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Of course it's much warmer here on O`ahu.  This is one I believe.  Lost name tag years ago.  It's been in the ground from a cutting for at least 22 years.  Photo is about 2 years old.

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On 1/24/2022 at 12:33 AM, Swolte said:

Nice, what's the coldest these would have seen?

Most of these specimens probably haven't seen anything colder than about -5C / 23F back in February 2018. Some of them in the most protected parts of central London may not have seen colder than around -3C / 27F at street level, during the February 2018 freeze. All of London's official Met Office recordings are done right out in the open, away from buildings, either at the airports or at parks, so it is probably a few degrees colder in those exposed locations, compared to a protected spot at street level, which probably has its own microclimate. 

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@WaianaeCrider It certainly looks like an Elephantipes at first glance, however the fronds/leaflets also don't look that firm/rigid, although it could just be the camera angle. Elephantipes has very stiff, rigid, strong, pointy and almost dagger like leaf tips. The ones in your photo look a bit softer, more flexible and droop more, almost like you could push your hand down on the leaf tips and it would bend. If you try to push your hand down on the leaf tips of the London Elephantipes you are going straight to the hospital. They are like daggers and will impale you. It may be the same with your one too, although it does look slightly different in that regard. Softer and less rigid. Either way your Yucca looks really good and healthy! :greenthumb:

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27 minutes ago, UK_Palms said:

@WaianaeCrider It certainly looks like an Elephantipes at first glance, however the fronds/leaflets also don't look that firm/rigid, although it could just be the camera angle. Elephantipes has very stiff, rigid, strong, pointy and almost dagger like leaf tips. The ones in your photo look a bit softer, more flexible and droop more, almost like you could push your hand down on the leaf tips and it would bend. If you try to push your hand down on the leaf tips of the London Elephantipes you are going straight to the hospital. They are like daggers and will impale you. It may be the same with your one too, although it does look slightly different in that regard. Softer and less rigid. Either way your Yucca looks really good and healthy! :greenthumb:

I went down and checked.  Yup no danger touching the tip.  But according to this book there is no terminal spine for Y elephantipes.

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51 minutes ago, UK_Palms said:

@WaianaeCrider It certainly looks like an Elephantipes at first glance, however the fronds/leaflets also don't look that firm/rigid, although it could just be the camera angle. Elephantipes has very stiff, rigid, strong, pointy and almost dagger like leaf tips. The ones in your photo look a bit softer, more flexible and droop more, almost like you could push your hand down on the leaf tips and it would bend. If you try to push your hand down on the leaf tips of the London Elephantipes you are going straight to the hospital. They are like daggers and will impale you. It may be the same with your one too, although it does look slightly different in that regard. Softer and less rigid. Either way your Yucca looks really good and healthy! :greenthumb:

Actually, Y. elephantipes ( ** Correctly : Y. gigantea,   Elephantipes is a synonym **  Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca_gigantea       iNat: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/201452-Yucca-gigantea   iNat Taxon swap: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxon_changes?taxon_id=201452    ) Has soft tipped leaves compared to many other Yucca sp ( ..is one of it's common names also ) 

Grew up with plenty  of theses around.. Tips are not rigid / stiff like many other Yucca sp., though the leaves themselves have finite teeth along the margins that will slice n' dice anyone grabbing them while trimming..  Much experience w/ this, lol!  EASY to root cuttings though.

VERY common landscape staple in San Jose / other parts of CA. in the 80's / early 90's.. < Almost every other yard in some parts of my neighborhood had one.. Or several >.  Many are gone now ( People got tired of them breaking / swallowing up sidewalks / suckering, and the damage caused by some beetle that showed up that can destroy the heads causing them to snap off in wind storms ) Very hard to completely eliminate the big ones when cut down / root ball chopped up and removed < as best as possible >

Always suffered damage in the high mid 20s.. Used these to gauge how bad a cold spell around the 'hood back home.

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Xenon

"Yucca elephantipes" is extremely variable, ranging from the needle sharp form in the London photos to forms with wider, larger and much more relaxed/floppy leaves. The more "tropical looking" forms are less cold hardy. The sharp-narrow form is commonly sold here and has withstood upper teens (-7 to -8C) with major leaf burn in previous freezes. 

 

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14 minutes ago, Silas_Sancona said:

VERY common landscape staple in San Jose / other parts of CA. in the 80's / early 90's.. < Almost every other yard in some parts of my neighborhood had one.. Or several >.  Many are gone now ( People got tired of them breaking / swallowing up sidewalks / suckering, and the damage caused by some beetle that showed up that can destroy the heads causing them to snap off in wind storms ) Very hard to completely eliminate the big ones when cut down / root ball chopped up and removed < as best as possible >

Always suffered damage in the high mid 20s.. Used these to gauge how bad a cold spell around the 'hood back home.

huh, so that's why all the big elephantipes I see around LA are cut back and resprouted. Wonder which year it happened, as it doesn't get below 32 usually. Still quite a few big ones including one with at least 8-9 feet circumference i've seen

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3 minutes ago, spike said:

huh, so that's why all the big elephantipes I see around LA are cut back and resprouted. Wonder which year it happened, as it doesn't get below 32 usually. Still quite a few big ones including one with at least 8-9 feet circumference i've seen

Possible.. Up in San Jose you'd see big ones where the heads were oozing sap ..or the heads laying on the ground after storms. Would see people cutting them up more and more after awhile before i left the area in the late 90s.  Still see some around town up there, but far less common in yards then they used to be.  A place my mom rented had one where the base was easily 7-8ft in diameter. Gone now.

As far as cold.. While not  something that occurs every year, you knew it dropped below 28F in X area of town for several hours when you'd see burnt or melted heads on these in yards after a particularly nasty cold snap.  After a trim, would be hard to spot any damage experienced by the following summer ( unless chopped down completely ). 

On a similar note, White Birds used to be non existent / a super sight up there until roughly 93-94 when some newer developments started planting them. Imo, Still don't look as great as they can down south in many cases,  but have survived where planted since then.

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Axel Amsterdam
On 1/25/2022 at 5:04 AM, WaianaeCrider said:

I went down and checked.  Yup no danger touching the tip.  But according to this book there is no terminal spine for Y elephantipes.

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Steve, i have a similar softer elephantipes. They are slightly larger and also somewhat glossier than the regular ones

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The beautiful large floppy tropical looking forms can also get a fungal or bacterial rot in the trunk in hot humid weather, which is probably why you don’t see them much here or in Florida. I’ve tried this one from a cutting and the stems eventually give out after a few years. The form most frequently seen around here looks a lot like what is growing on the Yucatán peninsula.

 

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Axel Amsterdam

Yes, that's the one, they have been growing for ages around the cote d'azur in France.   

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Axel Amsterdam

Does anyone know where this variety can be found in Mexico or Guatemala? Is it a forest yucca?

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In a search for finding out more about the soft tip yucca i had a look on streetview in various coutries in south America. From Mexico down to Argentina i only found the regular sharp tipped elephantipes. 

It really seems a puzzle where the tropical form originated from and why they are still around in the USA and mediterranean Europe and so rare in South America. 

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This is a beautiful form that I have only seen in Spain, its different from the regular elephantipes (seen on the right) and also different from the floppy tropical form (which is a bit unruly).

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Cheers for posting these @Axel Amsterdam How did you manage to find that Fulham one? I spent ages looking on street view and couldn't for the life of me find it! The street view image is almost 3 years old now, and it has grown a bit since then, but at least we have the location nailed on. London must be one of the best cities in the world (outside of Mexico) to see Yucca Elephantipes due to the sheer concentration of them. There's so many specimens, and many of decent size now. They may even be more common than Trachy's or CIDP's in London now. 

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Here's the other one you located, after it had received a tidy up.

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Check out these London Elephantipes that I have spotted. They are insane. They need their trunks trimming.

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Another slightly further down that same road...

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Here's two clumps that I photographed in person last month when I visited southeast London. This is right on the outskirts of London. There is a big CIDP nearby and some huge Washingtonia too. I turned down a side road and suddenly spotted these Elephantipes. You can only imagine how many more are lurking out there. 

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Here are a few others that I missed off. I've probably seen hundreds of others on street view a while back, but wasn't interested in screenshotting them at the time.

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Of course there is also that Elephantipes located next to the big Norfolk Island Pine in Fulham as well...

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Slightly off topic, but I have just spotted this beauty in the tropic of London while searching for Yucca's. Another CIDP to add to the already gigantic list of London CIDP's. It reaches up to the 3rd floor windows pretty much, so it must be at least 25 foot tall...

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      By UK_Palms
      Right, so this has pretty much come out of nowhere over the past 24-48 hours. Two major Atlantic storms are due to barrage into us this week with the first less severe one making landfall on Wednesday evening, affecting northern areas more. However the second more severe storm is due to hit central England with extremely violent wind speeds affecting the whole of the UK. That second storm is the one I am worried about down here in southern England. Potentially 100mph+ winds in the pipeline, looking at some of the models. 
       
      This is the first, and less severe, storm Dudley that is due to hit Scotland and northern England on Wednesday. This will still bring widespread disruption for most of the UK...

       
      Here's the second storm. This map looks real nasty, so hopefully it doesn't verify.  The UKV model is predicting 110-115mph winds off the coast of Wales and southwest England as Eunice makes landfall with category 2 hurricane wind speeds. I have 70mph gusts forecast for me here at 6am, before it even properly arrives. 

       
      The DWD Icon model is terrifying. 80-90mph winds for me here at 3pm on Friday. 100mph off the southeast coast of England. Again, hopefully this model does not verify either. 

       
      Potentially 130mph winds off the southeast coast of Ireland and UK. That is category 4 hurricane strength winds! Heaven forbid it makes landfall at that strength. 
       
      Worryingly there appears to be a third, even bigger storm building up behind the two others...
       
      There seems to be multiple scenarios and it could potentially be downgraded, or even upgraded further yet still. Some really worrying runs appearing in the models. 
       
      This needs to go in the bin/trash. Record wind speeds are going to be getting set in the southeast on Friday if this materialises. Potentially 100+ mph winds just southeast of London.

       
      The French Met are commenting on it, so you know things are serious. I hope those wind speeds are kmh and not mph!!!!
       
      London has a high of 17C / 63F forecast for Wednesday, but make no mistake it will still be overcast and windy as storm Dudley crashes into northern England and Scotland. The hurricane force winds won't arrive until Friday (black triangle) for the south of England, when storm Eunice makes landfall. Hopefully it gets downgraded between now and then... 

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