My big Y elata that came from a New Mexico nursery in 2003 seems to have died from this past winter.
It was never protected while grown from a 3g planting. The prolonged cold with no warm-ups in between must have been the reason and with a few feet of trunk exposed. It was columnar and had about 4'feet of trunk.
A small one planted about 18 months ago (1g) has grown well and has very little blade damage.
I never thought Elata would have a hard time here! The only other Elata I know that was grown in Tennessee was at the Opryland Hotel out in the landscape. It lived many years before dying but it was never installed correctly. It was not planted on a berm or slight mound and likely rotted. This was the most severe winter seen here in 50 years.
Yucca torreyi has died here also. The trunk has separated from the ground. Im lucky to have grown a seedling to about 1/2 foot of trunk in my climate anyways but will try that again.
Im hoping for Torreyi pups, you never know