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Golden Chain Tree Tree
Golden Chain Tree Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Golden Chain Tree
Laburnum x watereri 'Vossi'
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Golden Chain Tree is frequently featured in coffee table books illustrating the greatest gardens in the world. This stellar ornamental tree is often planted in double rows and trained to form an arch overhead, and the effect is unbelievably beautiful. In bloom, a Laburnum tunnel is a profusion of fragrant sunshine-yellow blossoms raining down all around. As a single specimen, Golden Chain Tree will also create a spectacle in your yard that you will eagerly anticipate each spring. Honeybees and other valuable pollinators will look forward to this tree’s flowers, too!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

The parent trees of this hybrid call Southern Europe home and hybridize naturally there.  The man-made crosses are called watereri hybrids, after nurseryman Anthony Waterer (perhaps you know the spirea with his name).  The Waterer family entered the nursery business in Surrey, England around 1770.  An immense Waterer-planted Weeping Beech still stands there, taking up a quarter of an acre.  This particular variety of Golden Chain came from the Netherlands.  The first account of it was described in 1875 by a one Cornelius de Vos.

The Details

The distinctive blooms on this tree will surely bring attention to your garden! Pendulous clusters of bright yellow flowers appear in spring. Bright green foliage and olive-green bark are the backdrop to these brilliant blooms. Golden Chain Tree also produces leathery brown seed pods - they should be removed to promote tree health. Pods, leaves and flowers are highly poisonous, keep away from pets and children.

How to Grow

This tree is a bit of a prima donna when it comes to living conditions.  It sulks if the summers are too hot, the winters are too cold, or the soil is too soggy.  But if you live in the less frigid parts of New England or have a cool-summer home in the mountains, this tree can be spectacular and is much easier to keep happy.  You may still want to plant it in a site where it gets some shade from the hot afternoon sun.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 15'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Time Late Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

8-10' tall single stem, caliper above 1 - 1 1/2" grown in our #15 tree container. Well developed branching, limbed up to 5' or so. Will flower your very first Spring.

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Golden Chain Tree Tree
Golden Chain Tree Leaf
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