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Flower and Foliage

Great Leadtree, Mexican Leadtree, Great Leucaena, Tepeguaje
Leucaena pulverulenta


Great leadtree grows on rich moist soils in extreme south Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. It is extremely cold-sensitive and is not reliably hardy north of its native Texas range. It blooms in spring and summer with dense balls of white sweet-scented flowers. The leaves are twice-pinnately compound and range from four to ten inches in length. The wood is hard and heavy, giving the plant its common name.

Plant Habit or Use: medium tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring summer

Fruit Characteristics: pod with narrow, flattened seeds

Height: to 55 ft.

Width: to 40 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements: medium

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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