Botanical Name: Leucaena retusa
 Common Name: Golden Ball Lead Tree
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub

 

Height Range

12-25'

 

Flower Color

Gold, Yellow

 

Flower Season

Spring, Summer

 

Leaf Color

Green, Light Green

 

Bark Color

Brown, Grey

 

Fruit Color

n/a

 

Fruit Season

n/a

Sun

Full

 

Water

Very Low, Low, Extra in Summer

 

Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate

 

Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular

 

Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained

 

Soil pH

Neutral, Basic

 

Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

Japanese, Mediterranean, Spanish, Tropical

 

Accenting Features

Fragrance, Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers

 

Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer

 

Location Uses

Background, Entry, Parking Strip, Patio

 

Special Uses

Screen

 

Attracts Wildlife

Information by: Mary Irish

Photographer: Mountain States Nursery

  • Description

  • Notes

Deciduous single or multi-trunk tree grows at a moderate to fast rate to 20' tall. Fine textured bright glossy-green foliage. The bark is cinnamon colored and flaky. Showy yellow gold 1 1/2" puffballs appear spring-summer after rains. Needs well drained soil. No thorns. Accepts full or reflected sun Native to western Texas and Chihuahua.
Frost tolerant to 5 F.