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Laburnum

Laburnum spp.

Also known as

Golden chain, Golden rain, Bean tree

Laburnum anagyroides Medik. Cytise - Aubour JdP by Jebulon (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

4m

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Laburnum Overview

A genus of between 2 and 4 species of small deciduous trees in the Fabaceae (Fabaceae) family, native to Southern Europe where they are found in montane habitats. They have trifoliate leaves typical of members of the legume family and pendulous sprays of bright yellow pea-like flowers from late Spring but all parts are poisonous. They are easy to grow as specimen trees or trained as wall shrubs and there are several hybrids available that are only partially fertile so do not produce too many seeds which are the most toxic part of the plant.

Common problems with Laburnum

How to propagate Laburnum

Budding

Seed in autumn, hybrids by budding in summer.

Seed

Other uses of Laburnum

Grown for their profuse, pendant flower clusters in spring and summer.

Poisonous to Pets

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