Updated: Sep 10, 2020
Hey folks, I just returned from 2 weeks of camping out in the Southwest, including Joshua Tree National Park in California, and thought I would share a few fun facts I learned about Joshua Trees.
- Joshua Trees are actually the largest Yucca plant in the world.
- The average lifespan of a Joshua Tree is around 500 years, the oldest known specimen is around 1,000 years.
- The Mojave Desert is the only place in the world you will find Joshua Trees growing wild.
- There is only one insect, the Yucca Moth, that can stand the stench of Joshua Tree blooms. Without this insect, the tree would never be pollinated.
This is a picture I took after doing some bouldering. It's a good example of the harsh landscape in which this tree thrives.