I grew up from age 12 around these a lot on weekends because my father's favorite place to go on weekends especially after I was 20 in 1968 when he bought property on Yucca Mesa above the city of Yucca Valley. So, I climbed many of these things (but you have to be very careful if you do as they aren't as strong as regular trees and there are their thorns every where too. It's a different world around a desert landscape where you might see 50 miles in the distance with these things growing alongside cholla cactuses and barrel cactuses (the most dangerous cactus for people is the cholla (pronounced "Choya" long O short A. because Chollas little spines are sort of like small porcupine quills that once they go in you cannot pull them out easily or at all. I still have cholla quills coming out of my leg that got in there in the 1960s and 1970s when I rode my motorcycle to fast by one too close. So, stay away from cholla Cactuses and don't wear beach walkers (thongs) around them at all because their spines (quills) go right through through the foam of the soles of the sandals.
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- "Yucca brevifolia". Tropicos.
- Cornett, J. W. (1999). The Joshua Tree. Palm Springs, California: Natural Trails Press.