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Laburnum

Golden Chain Tree
Latin Name: Laburnum Anagyroides
Small Tree
Height: 15-20'
Light: Sun-Part Shade
Flowering Time: Late Spring
Zone: 5
The Golden Chain tree originated in Europe and is named for its long, golden, pendulum-like flower clusters. This small member of the pea family thrives in almost any soil as long as it is well drained and in full sun or partial shade. It is hardy in climates that range from 5a to 11, but seems to do better in northern regions. Well suited for urban parks and gardens, the 8-inch flower clusters make particularly wonderful overhangs for paths and walkways. At maturity it will stand about 20 feet. Its light green foliage is susceptible to sunburn during hot summer days Laburnum Alpinum or Scotch Laburnum is a somewhat hardier species that has a bloom time that follows that of the Common Laburnum and is therefore less likely to be burned by late frost. Care must be taken when applying fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides around Golden Chain Trees, as they are reported to be sensitive to a number of toxins. Ironically they themselves are highly toxic and can even cause fatality in humans if any part of the tree is ingested in a sizeable quantity.
$10- 2 year old pot