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Laburnum anagyroides
Laburnum anagyroides

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Zone
Zones 1-10, 14-17, 34, 36-39
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
All parts, especially seedpods, are highly poisonous if ingested.

Laburnum x watereri

Goldenchain Tree
Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Deciduous, Trees

LABURNUM

These upright growers are usually pruned into single-trunked trees, but can be shrubby if permitted to keep basal suckers and low branches. Green bark; bright green leaves divided into three leaflets (like clover leaves). Handsome during bloom in mid- to late spring, when yellow, sweet pea–shaped flowers appear in hanging clusters similar to those of wisteria.

Use as a specimen in a lawn or border, plant in groups in front of a neutral background, or space regularly in a long border of perennials, rhododendrons, or lilacs. Flexible branches make plants easy to espalier or train over an arch (or a series of arches).

Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’ (photo courtesy of Monrovia)
Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’ (photo courtesy of Monrovia)

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Laburnum x watereri

Hybrid between L. alpinum and L. anagyroides. Grows to 15–30 ft. tall and 10–20 ft. wide, with 10–20-in.-long flower clusters.

‘Vossii’ is the most widely grown, most graceful variety, with flower clusters near 20 in. long.

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