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Care of the plant Laburnum anagyroides or Golden rain.

Care of the tree Laburnum anagyroides or Golden rain

The genus Laburnum, family Fabaceae, includes 40 species of shrubs and trees native to Europe and western Asia. Some species are: Laburnum anagyroides, Laburnum alpinum, Laburnum album, Laburnum fragrans.

Common names: Common Laburnum, Golden chain tree or Golden rain. This species is native to central and southern Europe.

They are deciduous trees with an irregular crown that reach 7 meters (22.96 feet) in height. The leaves have 3 oval leaflets, bluish-green on the upper surface and gray-green on the underside. The showy 2 cm (0,78") yellow flowers appear in long hanging clusters. They bloom in spring. The fruits are flattened pods. The flowers and seeds are poisonous.

They are used in small groups and as isolated specimens. They combine very well with Wisterias.

Laburnum anagyroides needs full sun exposure. They resist not very intense frosts.

They prefer normal, well-drained garden soil with coarse sand and containing organic matter. They also grow in calcareous and clay soils.

Water moderately, waiting for the substrate to be almost dry.

Fertilize with compost or manure in late winter.

They can be lightly pruned in late winter to keep them compact.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases but in summer they can be attacked by aphids.

They are propagated from seeds planted in the spring or fall but it's a slow process.

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Laburnum anagyroides