Nolina nelsoni - pint size

Blue beargrass tree! These giant tree-like nolinas are a sight to behold. In northeastern Mexico, this species grows in desert regions, towering above the surrounding thorn scrub and cactus. The 1 1/2 in. -wide blue-gray leaves can reach 4' long, and are gathered together in a rosette resembling a yucca, but with more flexible leaves. Nelson's beargrass reaches heights of 20' or more, developing multiple heads with age.
Mexico, Tamaulipas
7 to 10
20 feet x 8 feet

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Notes and observations about this plant

Hardy given good drainage in Portland, OR
Hardy in Portland, Oregon (zone 8-a) with very good drainage; other Nolinas aren't always hardy here. The moisture we have here is the main challenge (not extreme cold), though we occasionally see brief snow in winter. (Posted on 4/20/2013 by Mark Burgess).
Hardy to cold and wet in Maryland
Mine looks great after a cold and wet coastal MD winter with several weeks in the high teens. No winter protection provided. (Posted on 4/14/2011 by Doug G).
0 degrees F hardy
We have a specimen with about 3 feet of trunk, which went through record cold (down to 0 deg F and three days below freezing) in Southern NM at beginning of February 2011, without protection, and it is unscathed by the ordeal! (Posted on 2/23/2011 by David Lyman).
Doing fine in Zone 6
I lived in zone 6 and have grown it outside for the last 4 years. It is a very slow grower. My plant is approxinately 4' high. In the winter I wrap it with burlap filled with leaves or mulch. So far, it is doing fine! (Posted on 7/8/2010 by Tom P Cox).

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