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Flower and Foliage

Goldenball Leadtree, Wahootree, Littleleaf Leadtree, Lemonball, Little Leucaena
Leucaena retusa

Leguminosae (Fabaceae)

Goldenball leadtree is a very decorative, small single- or multi-stem tree that grows on dry rocky slopes in west Texas. Its bright green, twice-pinnately compound leaves cast a filtered shade, and the bright yellow powder-puff flowers appear from spring to fall, the largest flushes occurring after rains. It is very drought tolerant and can withstand reflected heat. It also adapts to different soils, but prefers good drainage. The bark is cinnamon-colored and flaky. The wood is brittle and can break in high winds and ice storms.

Plant Habit or Use: small tree

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: bright yellow globes of showy stamens

Blooming Period: spring summer fall

Fruit Characteristics: brown pods, 3 to 10 in. long

Height: to 25 ft.

Width: to 25 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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