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