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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet


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Leucaena retusa-Golden Lead Ball Tree

  Deciduous. Moderately fast to 20'.  Fine textured foliage.  Bark & branches smooth, gray.  Showy yellow gold 1 1/2" puffballs spring-summer after rains.  Frost tolerant.  Full sun. Very cold & drought tolerant, can take reflected heat.  Single or multi trunked.  Native on dry rocky slopes 1500-5500'  in West Texas into Chihuahua.  Bright glossy-green twice pinnately compound.  Bark cinnamon colored, flaky.  Wood brittle & can break in wind or ice.  Slow.  Needs well drained site. Unarmed. Zone 7. 


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