Laburnum, or, as it’s more poetically known, Golden chain tree, is typically a hybrid of two species of small trees Laburnum anagyroides and Laburnum alpinum. The result is Laburnum x waterei. This Laburnum combines the best characteristics of the two parents with floral racemes as long as a foot which hang like a bright, gold wisteria. Laburnum is both bold, due to the heavy masses of color, and elegant, with its languid floral display. There is, however, one drawback to the Laburnum, and that is that the plant is poisonous. If a Laburnum is present, children should be warned, and it should never overhang an area where livestock graze. In fact, Laburnum would probably be rooted out for that very reason if it weren’t for the amazing beauty of its flower, which is indeed stunning. And one last advantage of the hybrid Laburnum x waterei is that it produces fewer seed than the species.
This is a deciduous tree that grows to about 20 feet in as many years. It likes cool, damp summers and neutral to alkaline soil. It grows best in the cooler areas of North America, Tennessee north and it has naturalized throughout the UK where some of the most beautiful allees of Laburnum are found.

Laburnum /            Golden chain tree


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