Laburnum

Laburnum anagyroides

About

Common Laburnum is a tall 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.

How to identify

Common Laburnum is most easily recognised by its hanging bunches of yellow flowers during the late spring, which turn into black pea pods during the summer.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Trees are an important food source for insects looking for summer nectar and birds looking for autumn fruits. Try planting ornamental species like Common Laburnum in your garden - these will grow to provide food and shelter for wildlife and provide enjoyment for you too. To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

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Species information

Common name
Laburnum
Latin name
Laburnum anagyroides
Category
Trees and shrubs
Statistics
Height: 7m
Conservation status
Common.