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Scotch Laburnum

Laburnum x watereri

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Scotch Laburnum (Laburnum x watereri) at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Scotch Laburnum in bloom

Scotch Laburnum in bloom

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Scotch Laburnum (Laburnum x watereri) at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Scotch Laburnum flowers

Scotch Laburnum flowers

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Height:  15 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Golden Chain Tree


A stunning accent tree that everybody wants when they see it in bloom; long, cascading wisteria-like chains of bright yellow flowers in spring smothering the plant; however, rather hard to grow, requires specific cultural attention to properly flower

Ornamental Features

Scotch Laburnum is clothed in stunning chains of fragrant yellow pea-like flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. It has light green deciduous foliage. The compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The rough brown bark and olive green branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Scotch Laburnum is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Scotch Laburnum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Scotch Laburnum will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Garden 
Flowers  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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