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GOLDEN BALL LEAD TREE
Leucaena retusa

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Photo Locations: The Living Desert - Palm Desert, CA and BioPark Botanic Garden - Albuquerque, NM

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Branches don't droop and are susceptible to breakage.

Native to Texas and Northern Mexico.

Family: Fabaceae

Additional Common Names

GOLDEN BALL LEAD TREE, LITTLELEAF LEUCAENA, LITTLELEAF LEAD TREE

Tree Characteristics

Vase Shape.

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 Pod, 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." 1995-2018. Jun 25, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/leucaena-retusa >

This tree is not part of the SelecTree Nursery Connection. If you would like to see this tree listed, or know of a nursery that sells it, please contact us at ufei@calpoly.edu.