Goldenball Leadtree flowers and foliage
Common Name Goldenball leadtree, Wahootree, Lemonball, Littleleaf Leadtree
Latin Name Leucaena retusa
Native Habitat Dry canyons of Guadalupe Mountains south to Mexico in Chihuahuan Desert and east to central Texas from 3,000 to 6,500 feet
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, limestone, low to some organic content, well drained
Water One or twice per month in summer
Height X Width 25 feet X 25 feet, usual 15 feet X 15 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Bright green, winter deciduous
Garden Suitability Thornless, Fragrant, Songbird, Butterfly
Ornamental Value Golden fluffy balls of showy stamens April through October, fragrant
Nature Value Flowers used by butterflies and bees, seeds eaten by songbirds and game, favorite browse for cattle and deer
Native American Uses None known
Links  
    Images and data http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/natives/leucaenaretusa.htm
    Data http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/62589/index.html
    Images and data http://museum.utep.edu/archive/plants/DDgoldenball.htm
    Data http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ST351
    Distribution map http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/data/atlas/little/leucretu.pdf
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