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Littleleaf Lead Tree, Golden-ball Lead Tree
Scientific Name: Leucaena retusa Benth.
Family: Fabaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 10-13
USDA: 7b-10

Frost Tolerance: 10F (-12C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun, to partial sun, tolerates reflected heat

Origin: USA (Texas), Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila) at 1500 to 5500 feet elevation (500-1600 m)

Growth Habits: Semi-evergreen small tree or shrub, 20 feet tall and wide (6 m); cinnamon-colored, flaky bark; blue green to bright reen bipinnate leaves, about 4 pairs of pinnae, each with about 5 to 8 pairs of leaflets

Watering Needs: Moderate to little water, drought tolerant, needs good drainage

Propagation: Seeds

Blooming Habits:
Showy pale yellow powder puff flowers, in large flushes, in spring or summer after large rains. They are followed by brown flat seed pods, 3 to 5 inches long (7.5-12.5 cm).

Fruiting Habits:

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