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In a slump, Tucson's 'champion' yucca will likely lose title


September 27, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — If 2020 is getting you down, you're not alone. Even a champion is withering under the weight of this trying year.

The largest soaptree yucca in the United States used to stand stock-straight at the edge of a wash west of Oracle Road in Catalina, its unusually long, bristled stalk rising almost 30 feet in the air. Now the record-holding plant is seriously stooped, prompting experts and admirers to worry about its future.

Kim Roessler and his wife, Susan, can easily see the yucca from their house on Big Wash Overlook Place, about a half-mile away — or at least they us...

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