• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water deeply, regularly; more frequently in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 20 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spectacular Spring Flowers
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:la-BER-num x wa-ter-ER-i
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 10, 14 - 17
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 20 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide.
    Special features:Bird Friendly, Easy Care
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasThere is no doubt that this is the favorite flowering tree of English country gardens. Lovely as a single specimen, bursting into delicious bloom every spring. To compound the display, plant in a small grove. Perfect for small city gardens, country fenced yards or in the mountains, where it will stand out brightly in dark piney forests.
    Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Weigela (Weigela); Juniper (Juniperus); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Coneflower (Echinacea); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide deep, enriched, slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Avoid hot, dry sites and harsh afternoon sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Fertilize in early spring. Remove root suckers as they emerge. Seed pods are toxic; do not ingest.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water deeply, regularly; more frequently in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This tree is a hybrid of L. alpinium and L anagyroides, both species of southern Europe. The flowers indicate its presence in the Pea family, the genus conferred by Fredrich Medicus, 1736-1808, from the original Latin vernacular.
    Both flowers and seeds of the golden chain tree are highly poisonous.