Scientific: Leucaena retusa
Common: Golden leadball tree; littleleaf lead tree, lemonball
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Origin: Rocky limestone canyons in the northern Chihuahuan Desert of south Texas, New Mexico and old Mexico.

Pronounciation: Lew-ka-EN-a ra-TOO-sa

Hardiness zones:
Sunset 12-13
USDA 7-11

Landscape Use: Accent, small tree for patios and residential landscapes, background screen, xeric and oasis landscape design themes

Form & Character: Semi-evergreen small tree, graceful, though wood is brittle

Growth Habit: Moderate to 20 to 25 feet in height with slightly greater spread.

Foliage/texture: Alternate, twice pinnately compound leaves to 4 inches long, feathery; medium fine texture.

Flowers & fruits: Many terminal one-inch golden yellow pincushion flowers, fruit a brown, elongated flat pod.

Seasonal color: Flowers during early spring.

Temperature: Tolerant, hardy to 5oF

Light: Full sun

Soil: Well drained a must

Watering: Only some supplemental water during summer

Pruning: Elevate canopy base for this small tree, may require no pruning if used as a background screening plant.

Propagation: Seed

Disease and pests: Texas root rot may be a problem in formerly agricultural soils

Additional comments: Seldom found in Phoenix landscapes or plant nurseries, though it is a very nice small landscape tree for smaller spaces. Local wholesale nurseries ought to grow this nice little tree more even though it can look sparse when small in size as a nursery container plant.