Golden Rain Laburnum X Watereri Vossii

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
15L pot size / 1.75-2.75m
£54.00
30L pot size / 2.0-3.0m
£144.00
70L pot size / 3.0-3.5m
£230.00

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Product description

LABURNUM X WATERII VOSSII – Golden Rain

Characteristics

This is probably the most popular of the laburnums now planted in gardens.  Its main advantages being the long racemes of vivid yellow flowers up to 60cm (2ft) in length which cover the tree in June giving rise to its common name of ‘Golden Rain’.  Being a hybrid, it produces very few of the extremely poisonous seeds that are such a worry with the common laburnum.

A member of the pea family it grows quickly to a maximum height of 6m (20ft) or so with reasonable foliage all summer, however the shape of the tree is considered by some to be rather ungainly.

Where to grow

Good as a specimen tree for a sunny position with a well-drained soil.  Laburnums do not like permanently wet, very heavy or waterlogged soils.

Did you know?

This is a hybrid between Laburnum alpinium and Laburnum anagyroides, which have occurred naturally in gardens but are named after the type raised at Waterers nurseries in Knaphill, Surrey before 1864.  The hybrid ‘Vossii' was raised in Holland in the late 19th century.

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Open
Spreading
Growth rate
Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Flower colour
Yellow
Flowering month
May
Uses
Screening
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Poisonous

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Open
Spreading
Growth rate
Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Flower colour
Yellow
Flowering month
May
Uses
Screening
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Poisonous

Aftercare

Pruning Laburnum x watereri Vossii

Laburnum x watereri Vossii has wonderful pendulous flowers that are best displayed if the central stem is cleared to a height of at least 1m. Once established, avoid pruning into old wood. The best approach to pruning is to reduce some of the current year’s shoots as this will encourage more spurs in the following year.

Suckering is common; remove these quickly to prevent spread and to retain the neat appearance of the clear stem.

What time of year should I prune? Prune between late summer and mid-winter. 

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


Comments

By Eileen Caisley on 17/12/2015

I am looking for a Laburnum Golden Rain of the weeping variety, by that I mean a pendulus tree where the branches droop down and so the tree is quite narrow

By Simon on 17/12/2015

Dear Eileen,

The Weeping Scotch Laburnum might be what you’re after. You can find it on the website here: http://www.chewvalleytrees.co.uk/products/detail/laburnum-alpinium-pendulum/1

By Paul Sadler on 13/03/2016

Would this variety be suitable for creating a Labernum arch such as the one found at Bodnant Gardens in Wales?

By Jennifer clark on 14/03/2016

Is the laburnum tree “Watereri Vossii” a female or male tree please.  I have asthma and I understand that female trees in gardens are better than male frees for allergies

By Simon on 16/03/2016

Hello Paul,

Yes this variety is suitable for training into a acrch, but you would want to start with young plants so the 15L would be your best bet.

By Simon on 25/03/2016

Dear Jennifer,

Laburnum x watereri is actually hermaphrodite, so male and female at the same time.

By lisa on 26/09/2016

Hi I am trying to decide between planting a RObinia Frisia for its yellow leaves and a laburnum tree.  In terms of durability and spread can you give me some advice please as i lost a robinia in that spot this year and dont know why?  Thank you, Lisa

By Simon on 28/09/2016

Hello Lisa,

Although Laburnum won’t give you the yellow leaves, this is a more robust tree than Robinia Frisia. Gleditsia triacanthos Sunburst is another bright leaved tree you could look at, as long as the location is warm and sheltered.

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