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Littleleaf Leucaena Leucaena retusa


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Littleleaf Leucaena
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Alternate name: Littleleaf Leadtree, Wahoo-tree, Goldenball Leadtree

Family: Fabaceae, Pea view all from this family

Description Little-leaf leadtree or goldenball leadtree is a small, multi-trunked tree or large shrub,12-15 ft. tall, which can reach 25 ft. Airy, light-green foliage occurs on brittle stems. Bark is flaky and cinnamon-colored. Sweet-smelling flowers occur in 1 in., yellow-orange globes and will appear after every rain from summer through fall. .

Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Grasslands & prairies.

Range Southwest, Texas.

Comments Open enough that sun-loving species can bloom underneath. Brittle branches are often broken in high winds and ice storms.

Exposure Preference Sun.

Flower April - October

Native Distribution In Texas, Edwards Plateau w. to Davis & Chisos Mts.; also n. Mexico

Site Preference Rocky, limestone areas; dry canyons

Soil Preference Dry, rocky, limestone or igneous soils.