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Feather Tree

Lysiloma watsonii

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Tree
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
Flowering Season April-June
Flower Color Cream
Minimum Temperature Range 15-25 °F
Leaf Description Fine, ferny pinnae with 15-45 per leaf
Fruit Beans which turn reddish brown with age
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Elevation Range 2500-4000 ft.
Description In the United States, feather tree is known only from the south side of the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson in Pima County, however this is a good tree for cultivation throughout the warm parts of the state, particularly in southern Arizona. This species is often multitrunked and somewhat shrubby, but can become a beautiful, wide shade tree under cultivated conditions. Notable for its lacy foliage, white puffball flowers, and mahogany brown seed pods. Try feather tree in locations where a velvet mesquite would be too large, or where thorns are undesirable.