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Golden chain tree

Laburnum  × watereri

lah-BUR-num ex what-er-AIR-eye

Dense clusters of pendulous yellow flowers dangle from spreading branches in late spring. Leaves are dark green. Smooth green bark adds some winter interest.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis member of the pea family is a cross between L. alpinum and L. anagyroides . It has poisonous seed pods.

CareGrow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. In the North, wrap trunks to prevent sun scald in winter. Do not prune except to remove damaged wood.

PropagationGraft in late winter, or bud in summer.

ProblemsLeaf spot, canker, twig blight, and top dieback, as well as aphids and mealybugs.

  • Genus : Laburnum
  • Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Bloom Time : Spring, Summer
  • Plant Type : Trees
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Winter Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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