Wild Laburnum Overview
This genus lies in the Fabaceae family. It contains around 7 species of small tree or shrub which are distributed in or near forested habitats in eastern South Africa. They may be evergreen in optimal climates with adequate moisture, otherwise they are deciduous and shed their foliage in winter. Frost-hardy, these make good garden plants and they are easily raised from seed, taking around 2 years to flower. Also known as Wild Laburnum or Wildegeelkeur, Calpurnia aurea is the most memorable species – it produces bright yellow, pea-like flowers on unbranched racemes or branched panicles and flowering may occur over several months. Foliage is divided into leaflets, which are oppositely arranged in pairs, with one, unpaired leaflet at the tip.