Goldenball Leadtree
Leucaena retusa

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Leucaena (loo-KAY-nuh) (Info)
Species: retusa (re-TOO-suh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Blue-Green

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama

Marana, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Crawford, Texas

Iredell, Texas

Mico, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Aug 17, 2012, Juttah from Tucson, AZ (Zone 8a) wrote:

A pretty little tree that does very well here in the desert. No thorns or insect problems; very clean. Flowers are mildly fragrant up-close and not attractive to bees. It's a mystery why this tree is not more widely available here in Tucson.

We planted ours from a 1-gallon pot last year in bare soil. It took about a month for the tree to get comfortable and start growing. One year later we established a lawn around it, and it's not had any problems going from desert conditions to frequent lawn watering.

According to some sources this tree has brittle branches, but we've not had problems with our now 6' tall tree, not even after last week's 80 mph microburst! Growth rate is moderate and very easily controlled.

This tree tends to "lion tail" (bush... read more

Positive

On May 28, 2004, texasyardman from Austin, TX wrote:

We have one eight-year old specimen in our yard that receives maximum sunlight possible. Very upright habit with moderately spreading crown, it's currently about 22-24' high, but added growth this year. Tidy tree by our experience-no yard litter from seeds or pods. It's in flower now, and is quite distinctive with the blooms at the branch tips. Would highly recommend it.

Positive

On Mar 13, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This tree is a fast grower, It can grow 5 feet in one year but it will not go over 25 or 30 feet. I cut mine back a few feet every year to keep new growth going and it looks great. The blossoms are like little fuzzy balls and they have a lovely scent. The foliage is lacy and delicate. I love this tree.