Giant Yukka?

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  1. Lindylootoo

    Lindylootoo Apprentice Gardener

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    Photo is a Giant Yukka I think. Very bendy in the wind but would take out my neighbour's telephone wire (not the wire in the foreground) if it were to break or be uprooted. Climate change means hotter/colder and windier. I really don't want to risk the tree causing damage for which I'd be liable. Any suggestions?
     

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    @Lindylootoo Whereabouts in the UK are you?
    Not sure it's a yucca though, could be a Cordyline australis (Torbay Palm)
    The obvious answer is to remove it in a controlled manner, then replace with something else.
    If it is a cordyline you can probably it cut down substantially and it will reshoot.
     
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      Pretty sure that is Cordyline australis same as Nigel says
       
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        You don't often see these blown down, that looks a nice strong one.

        Would be a shame to do away with it entirely.
        I'm not sure how liable you are for any damage a falling tree causes, my sister had their car and garage wiped out by a falling tree a few years ago and they had to claim on their own insurances, the owner of the tree didn't even have to pay for cleaning up the mess left by it as it fell across the road an blocked it so a local farmer cleared it for the logs.
         
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          Thanks for the replies. Yes - it does look like a Cordyline Australis. There are some shorter stems which I could leave for a while. Perhaps the best thing to do would be to get quotes for it's removal first. I'm on the Isle of Wight. Thanks again.
           
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