Laburnum alpinum 'Pendulum' has graceful weeping branches which are enhanced by the colourful racemes that drape from them around May and June. The racemes of flowers are highly scented and a pretty mid-yellow that seem to glow against the light/mid green, pinnate foliage. The flowers are also attractive to bees.
This is a beautiful small weeping tree that is ideal for pot planting or small spaces. Scotch laburnum 'Pendulum' will grow to 2.5 x 2 metres in a sunny position with most well-drained soils including chalk and will tolerate cold, inland exposure.
Note: every part of this tree is toxic to humans and animals when ingested, especially the seed pods.
AKA Weeping alpine laburnum, Weeping Scotch laburnum, Scotch laburnum 'Pendulum', Weeping Golden Chain tree
Our pot grown Weeping Laburnum trees can be planted at any time of the year. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, especially if you have poor soil, sprinkle root grow in the hole.
Gently loosen the tree roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting Scotch Laburnum trees with a stake and tie and if required, a rabbit guard. The planting guide has more detailed advice.
If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young Weeping Laburnum trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.
Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Note it is quite common for Laburnum trees to flower well one year and then not so well the next, and then back to a good year again.
Weeping Laburnum trees do not require regular pruning. If you wish to tidy up your tree, do this during the dormant season. Focus on removing any damaged, diseased or overcrowded branches. Laburnum trees can be pruned into an arch shape (there's a famous long trellis of arching Laburnums (sometimes called a Laburnum Walk) at Hampton Court Palace, a spectacular one at Bodnant Gardens and another smaller one at what was the home of the garden designer Rosemary Verey (now a hotel called Barnsley House in the Cotswolds) so this is evidence that they take pruning rather well even though it is generally thought to be not necessary.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.
There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees. For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.
1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).
Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.
The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:
Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.
Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height
|Plant Specification||Form||Supplied Size||Root type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|Top grafted at 120cm||120-150cm||10L pot||£54.99 (ex VAT)|