Leucaena

Leucaena is a warm season tropical perennial woody species that is grown as a high protein browse for deer and a seed source for birds. Leucaena is adapted to a wide range of soils and conditions, but should not be planted north of San Antonio, TX, because the cold weather could cause it to freeze and die before becoming established. Leucaena can be an invasive species in the tropics and subtropics, but should not pose a problem in the areas that annually have a hard freeze. Quail love Leucaena, both for the seeds it produces and the cover.

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Description

Leucaena is a warm season tropical perennial legume that can grow up to 20’ in height. Leucaena is adapted to a wide range of soils and conditions, but should not be planted north of San Antonio, TX because of a lack of cold tolerance. It is grown as a high protein browse for deer and cattle and as a seed source for gamebirds.

Leucaena can be an invasive species in the tropics and subtropics, but should not pose a problem in the areas that annually have a hard freeze.  It should be planted in the spring, usually between March and May.  Leucaena can be difficult to establish from seed and stands are often started using transplants.

When to plant: It should be planted in the spring, usually between March and May.

Planting Rate: 3-6 lbs per acre

Uses: Forage for deer, seed and cover for quail

Additional information

Weight

5 lb., 10 lb., 25 lb.

Season

Warm Season

Plant Type

Legume

Flower Color

White

Height

>5'

Wildlife

Deer, Doves, Quail, Turkeys