SelecTree: Tree Detail
GOLDEN BALL LEAD TREE
Photo Locations: The Living Desert - Palm Desert, CA and BioPark Botanic Garden - Albuquerque, NM
Utility friendly tree.
Branches don't droop and are susceptible to breakage.
Native to Texas and Northern Mexico.
Additional Common Names
GOLDEN BALL LEAD TREE, LITTLELEAF LEUCAENA, LITTLELEAF LEAD TREE
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 20 - 25 feet.
Width: 15 - 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 36 Inches per Year.
Leaves Bipinnately Compound, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Yellow. Flowers in Summer or Fall. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown Legume, Large to Very Large (1.50 to 3.00 or more inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low to Moderately Low in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit, Leaves and Twigs.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 10 - 13.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun.
Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen or Buffer Strip.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Leucaena retusa Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 9, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/leucaena-retusa >