Common Laburnum

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Common laburnum

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Scientific name: Laburnum anagyroides
Common laburnum is an introduced species, planted in parks and gardens. It is most recognisable in flower - its hanging bunches of yellow blooms giving it the name 'Golden rain'. It is highly poisonous.

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Height: 7m

Conservation status

Introduced, non-native species.

When to see

January to December

About

Common laburnum is a small tree, introduced into the UK in 1560 and often planted in parks and gardens. It flowers in May and June when it produces large, hanging bunches of bright yellow flowers, giving this beautiful tree its other common name of 'Golden rain'. As a member of the pea family, the fruits of this species are typical 'pea pods', but are twisted and black.

What to look for

Common laburnum is recognisable for its impressive displays of hanging bunches of bright yellow flowers; these turn into shiny, black peapods.

Where to find

Widespread.

Did you know?

All parts of Common laburnum are extremely poisonous, but the pea-like seeds are particularly attractive to children. If ingested, they can cause nausea and vomiting, and can be lethal in large doses (15 seeds or more).