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TEPEGUAJE Great Lead Tree
Leucaena lveruienta - Mimosaceae, Mimosa Family


DESCRIPTION: 
  • Large thorn less tree with thick trunk, feathery foliage, broad rounded crown.

  • Height. 40 feet.

  • Flowers: Sweet scented, creamy-white, round heads.

  • Fruit: 4 to 14-inch-long, strap-shaped pod.

  • Foliage: Lacy foliage.

  • Bark: Tan or cinnamon-brown to gray, darkening with age. 

  • Growth rate: Rapid.


REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sun: Full sun.

  • Soil. Any.

  • Drainage: Poor to moderate.

  • Water.- Medium.

  • Maintenance: Twig girdler's favorite.

  • Propagation: Seed.

NATIVE HABITAT: 

Woodlands near streams and resacas.

WILDLIFE USE: 

Nest sites.

COMMENTS:

Wood is used as lumber and fence posts. Pioneer, excellent nurse tree for shade-requiring trees; suffers greatly from freezes; wood is brittle and weak; easily confused with noxious Popinac (L. leucoce hala).

 

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