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Laburnum anagyroides - 'Pendulum' (Laburnum, Golden Chain)

Laburnum anagyroides - 'Pendulum' (Laburnum, Golden Chain)
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Type Tree, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Trailing / hanging, Architectural Form
Size Small Tree (1.5 to 3m height)
Colours Yellow Flowers (Summer early), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Laburnum anagyroides Description

Laburnum is an attractive small deciduous tree that is well suited to small gardens, where it is valued for for distinctive pea like bright yellow spring blossom, which hangs in masses providing a fine show (thus the common name 'Golden Rain'). This variety is much praised for its extreme pendulous / compact weeping habit, making suitable where space is an issue. Laburnum requires no pruning being compact and casting a light shade so appropriate for under planting. It can also be trained in to shape and can be used to create flowering walk ways.

Laburnum anagyroides - Cultivation Notes

Laburnum will tolerate a wide range of moisture retentive free draining garden soils, including chalky soils. Being suitable for planting in full sun or part shade. There are draw backs with this attractive small tree, these being that not only is it short lived and can die quite suddenly once mature, but also it produces poisonous seed pods, making the tree problematic if you have small children or dogs that will eat sticks and seed pods. Pit plant this tree using a decent compost and plant in a sheltered sunny or part shade location. Pruning is not required but you can trim to shape.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Laburnum anagyroides:

  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing

Weaknesses of Laburnum anagyroides

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Laburnum anagyroides:

  • Added winter interest from attractive bark or stems
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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Common Missspellings: Leburnum, Labernum

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