littleleaf leadtree Fabaceae Leucaena
|Leaf: Alternate, bipinnately compound, 3 to 6 inches long, usually with three pairs of major leaflets, each major leaflet with 10 to 15 pairs of ovate to narrowly lanceolate minor leaflets (1/2 inch long) with entire margins; green to blue-green above, paler below.
Flower: Species is monoecious; many small, yellow to white, in a tight round cluster (balls), to 1 1/2 inch across on a 2 to 3 inch long stalk, fragrant, appearing April through October after rainfall.
Fruit: A straight red-brown flattened pod to 8 inches; ripening spring through fall.
Twig: Slender, green to red-brown, somewhat angled, may be finely pubescent; buds small and wedge-shaped.
Bark: Gray-brown and smooth.
Form: A large shrub or small tree with a broadly spreading crown to 25 feet but more commonly smaller.
Looks like: honey mesquite
- screwbean mesquite
- velvet mesquite
- catclaw acacia
| Additional Range Information:
Leucaena retusa is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting littleleaf leadtree.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson