Common Laburnum Anagyroides Tree Options
Girth 6-8cm: Standard,18L pot, *Roughly 180-240cm tall.
Girth 8-10cm: Standard,25-30L pot, *Roughly 240-300cm tall.
Girth 10-12cm: Standard,30-35L pot, *Roughly 300-360cm tall.
Girth 12-14cm: Standard,35L pot, *Roughly 360-420cm tall.
*Heights are given as a very rough guideline and can have considerable variation based on species and supplier (each nursery experiences different growing conditions) It may even have been pruned before being sent out so we can only guarantee girth. Trees over 5.5m may include a delivery surcharge based on location and species.
Once a mature Common Laburnum Anagyroides is over around 200cm/4 years old then girth is the best measure of value for money. For every girth measurement increment e.g. 6-8cm to 8-10cm, the canopy will be wider, stronger, bushier and the root system larger as it has experienced 12-18 months growth. You can notice larger root systems with potted versions because the pot size increases with maturity. As a very general rule, each one cm girth measurement represents around 30cm growth but this doesn't apply to slow-growing trees.
Standard and Half Standard means lollipop shape. Industry definitions (which are not universal) mean Half Standard have around 80-150cm clear stem and Standard 180cm or more. Half Standards will usually be quite smaller than their standard equivalent girth size.
Common Laburnum Anagyroides aka Golden Chain or Golden Rain (NOT Golden Showers!) Tree
A deciduous and reasonably small tree that appears larger the closer you get to it (a free feature we offer) As you might expect from the Common Laburnum Anagyroides, it is the most common Laburnum planted in the UK.
The bright yellow dangling flowers arrive in late Spring unless you have fading eyesight then the sweet scent of something unknown in your garden arrives in May/June time. They last for several weeks and pollination occurs via insects. Expect seeds to make an appearance September/October time. The leaves are similar to someone reaching pain threshold before their "back, sack and crack waxing" was complete i.e.smooth on top and hairy on the underside
The new shoots are grey/green but sometimes maybe green/grey and If you notice no shoots, someone has stolen your tree or you are examining your fence post.
The FREE TREE FEED comment in the title refers to the ability of the Laburnum Anagyroides to take Nitrogen from the air and fix it into the soil providing a foliage boost available to the tree and other nearby plants. Grinding the roots and putting into your fuel tank will not give you a "Nitro boost".
Although a tree that demands your attention by making a loud statement, it has a toxic nature which makes it a great present for the in-laws. By that we mean do not ingest any parts of it, especially the black seeds which are legumes and full of Cytisine. This is poisonous to humans and horses, humans dressed as horses, horses carrying humans and goats. They are worse when unripe, the seeds that is, not the humans, horses, humans carrying horses etc. Hares and Deer can eat them without too many problems unless of course one of the wives sees her husband eating seeds with her best friend then it will be a case of "Oh dear.....".
Expect a height and width of around 7 x 7m at maturity. If your mature Laburnum Anagyroides grows to 14m wide, before contacting Guinness World Records, double-check for another trunk.
Planting Common Laburnum Anagyroides
Will tolerate frost down to minus 20 degrees centigrade which is suitable for UK planting. Plant in a full sun position with fertile and well-draining soil. Suitable for clay (will perform well), loam, chalk and sandy soils on exposed or sheltered sites although we advise staying away from coastal positions like the ice cream truck (how expensive!). If particularly heavy clay and poor draining, mix the excavated soil 50:50 with well-rotted manure or compost because it really doesn't like poorly draining soils. For best results plant roots down.
Pruning Common Laburnum Anagyroides
You can leave it alone if you wish but there are a couple of options to consider. Always prune out dead, diseased and crossing over branches and do this between late Summer and mid-winter.
General Information About Common Laburnum Anagyroides
The tree has previously been known as False Ebony as very old trees could be used as an Ebony replacement. Sounds familiar, because as we get older we become partially false OAP's due to hip replacement.
The wood is hard and heavy making it particularly useful for jobs requiring hard and heavy wood. These jobs would be known by the person writing the requirements list and they would give it to the person supplying the wood.......... It may look like we don't know much about this aspect of Common Laburnum Anagyroides and you would be very perceptive if that is what you thought.
Its origins range from Southern and Central Europe to include Slovenia, France and Italy. The Common Laburnum was first introduced in the UK in 1560 and is a popular tree planted in many parks.
The Latin name of Laburnum Anagyroides originates from ancient Rome at the same time they started naming trees. Ruler of the time, Ceasar Mi-lan, was dictating to his son, Ceasar Sa-lad, possible tree names. Forgetting to say "pause" Ceasar Mi-lan complained about his "large burning bum and angry haemorrhoids". This was mistakenly added to the list and later shortened to Laburnum Anagyroides.....editors note everything after "The Latin name of Laburnum Anagyroides..." is an alternative fact previously known as BS.
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Tree Jargon Explained
Half Standard: Around 80-100cm clear stem.
Standard: Around 180-200cm clear stem.
Feathered: Branches for most of the trunk/stem length.
Multi-Stem/Bush: Very little or no clear stem. Multiple branching starting low to the ground.
Rootball: Dug from the field with roots intact i.e. no pot.
Pot: Plastic container that the tree was grown in.
Maiden: 1 year tree that has not been pruned.
Pleached: Foliage a square/rectangle flat shape wired to a bamboo frame with some clear stem.
Screen: Same as pleached but much less/no clear stem.
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over £750 for 150cm+ trees might be discounted by contacting us
Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Early Autumn Leaf Fall
Heat stress, being potted, lack of water, being boxed up for a few days etc can cause early Autumn leaf fall. Once planted, normal service will resume next season.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Climate Change has increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust, frost damage etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season or less. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy and will bounce back.