Leucaena retusa (Goldenball Leadtree)
Goldenball Leadtree is a deciduous large shrub or small multi-trunked tree with bright, sweet-smelling golden-yellow puffball blooms. Its bark is flaky and cinnamon color. Its foliage is airy and open enough to allow plants grow underneath. It is very drought-tolerant and should not be over-watered. It is adaptable to various soils, but needs good drainage. It grows well in rocky soil and can withstand reflected heat.
Goldenball Leadtree is a lovely ornamental tree that resembles acacia, but without the thorns. Like Desert Willow, it tends to bloom after rainfall. Blooms are followed by seedpods.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Full sun, part sun|
|Bloom time||On and off spring through fall|
|Mature height||12-15 ft|
|Mature spread||8-15 ft|
|Present in state|
|Present in county and native|
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state|
|Not present in state|
|Present and rare, native in county|
|Previously present, now extinct|
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)|