Yucca 'Color Guard' in rough shape
I know there are many yucca haters here on this forum, but I assure you that 'Color Guard' is a very different animal from the straight species. It is quite refined and elegant and even wimpy in comparison. Perhaps a bit too wimpy, because now I am wondering if mine is dead!
I planted my 'Color Guard' in late summer 2012. It was unprotected that first winter and lost most of its foliage during the countless freeze-thaw cycles. However, the central growth tip always showed some signs of life and the plant grew back beautifully last summer, appearing quite sturdy and healthy, much larger than when first planted.
Now fast forward to this winter. We had continuous deep snow cover with only 1-2 freeze events since the snow finally melted. My 'Color Guard' emerged from the long snow cover looking wonderful, albeit a bit trampled from the sheer weight of the snow. But since that time all of the foliage has slowly turned brown and dried up. And I can't see the promise of new growth yet in the center.
Just FYI, the plant is located in full sun and planted in well-drained sandy loam soil.
So, what gives?! Do other people notice the same thing with 'Color Guard' or did my plant just give up the ghost?