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Common Laburnum

Laburnum anagyroides

Plant Data

Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Pea-like, yellow flowers, up to 2cm long. The flowers are arranged together in loose hanging clusters. Each flower has 5 unequal petals. The upper petal is erect and the side petals overlap and are fused. The lower petal is wedge-shaped.
Fruit:
Smooth green pods, up to 6cm long, turning dark brown upon ripening. The pods eventually split open to reveal the poisonous black seeds. The pods persist on the tree after splitting open.
Leaves:
A deciduous tree. The leaves consist of 3 light green leaflets. They are slightly hairy on their undersides.
Maximum Size:
7 metres tall.
Foraging Notes:
All parts of the Laburnum tree are poisonous. Ingestion may lead to vomiting, convulsions, sleepiness, coma, frothing in the mouth and dilated pupils. Death is extremely rare.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The flowers are fragrant.
Other Names:
Bean Tree, Golden Chain Tree, Golden Rain Tree.
Habitats:
Gardens, mountains, woodland.