White Puffball Tree

This small, multi-trunk tree provides shelter for many birds and is a food source for butterfly larva. The Feather Bush produces small, white to cream-colored, puffball-like flowers that attract bees and butterflies. 

Wildlife Facts
Common Name:
Feather Bush
Scientific Name:
Lysiloma watsonii
Arizona, Mexico
  • White
  • Bees
  • Butterflies
Fun Facts:
  • Also known as fern of the desert because of its fern-like foliage.
  • A medicinal tea has been made from the bark.
Plant Type:
  • Tree
Endangered Status
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)
Hardiness Zones

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

USDA Hardiness Zones

9a (20 °F to 25 °F)

9b (25 °F to 30 °F)

10a (30 °F to 35 °F)

10b (35 °F to 40 °F)