Yucca Down, Grasses Up

When I returned to my office after errands, I somehow missed the bad news,  across the corner from where I turned right.

anything missing on this Yucca torreyi?

An hour later, the news made it’s way to my text messages. Thanks for the picture, Martina the architect, even though it was bad news.

tragic for everyone, especially the yucca…

My guess is this yucca was planted when the building was new…the mid-1960’s…and for initial impact, it was probably already 6′ tall, or more. So, it’s likely at least 10 years older than me.

A Crazy Cat employee told me they carefully sawed off the huge fallen limb.

nothing suggesting green or life apparent…

It was time. Old age combined with a few years of drought (and we’re already a desert), decades of inadequate room to spread roots, and people working on the site (even though extremely careful). Adios, Señor Y. Torrey.

The plan is to replace him with a newer plant of the same species, salvaged from future construction on some nearby mountainside.
Onto better news, summer is over, and we ended it with bountiful rains and humidity August and September. Untimely, but weekly moisture surges and downpours hit as recently as a week ago. And with early fall warmth continuing far into fall, plants are growing. Including the native grasses on this project.

no, not this nasty Bermudagrass that will get sprayed more…
these young native grasses…

That cobalt, space-blue sky!

Sideoats Grama / Bouteloua curtipendula…growing.

2 Replies to “Yucca Down, Grasses Up”

  1. Hard to believe a Yucca can die. Here they are immortal.

    Lovely–now go spray that Bermuda, okay?

    Immortal here, too, but so sensitive to disturbance…like an army of contractors mere yards away (where sensitive roots probably lie under asphalt). Bermuda…even more immortal, but more appealing in the right place than it’s insect cousin, the cockroach!


  2. It is a shame to lose this majestic tree but I’m happy to read some other tree otherwise threatened by construction will potentially take its place. That large tree offered a certain gravitas to the space that will be missed.

    Well said! I think the search for another Yucca torreyi is underway, probably much smaller, but that can provide another 2-3 generations such a presence?


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