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Leucaena retusa

Golden ball lead tree
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Deciduous, Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees

Native to Texas, northern Mexico. Grows 12 to 20 ft. tall and wide, with light green leaves twice divided into many tiny leaflets. Showy spring flowers are fluffy yellow balls 1 in. across; they are followed by flattened, bean-like pods 6 to 10 in. long. Useful tree for mini-oasis or transition between cultivated garden and native desert. Good choice as small patio tree. Evergreen in milder winters; deciduous otherwise.

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