Long racemes of magnificent bright yellow flowers hang from the branches of Laburnum x watereri 'Vossii' in May and June. The flowers are highly scented and popular with wildlife such as bees. It is commonly called the Golden Chain tree for this magnificent display, which often lasts for two to three weeks. Foliage is pinnate and light-green giving a bright backdrop for the luminous flowers.
Voss’s laburnum is the most popular hybrid of the common Laburnum (Laburnum gyroides) and was bred in Holland in the 1880's. This variety will grow to a rounded shape of about 5 x 4 metres in 20 years and is sometimes used to create a laburnum walk (an arch of Laburnums held up on a trellis structure). A very hardy and tough flowering tree, it holds the RHS AGM and will tolerate cold, inland exposure and chalk when given a sunny position on well drained soil.
Note: every part of this tree is toxic to humans and animals when ingested, especially the seed pods.
AKA Voss’s laburnum, Golden chain tree, Golden rain tree
Due to the toxicity of Voss’s Laburnum, we recommend avoiding planting it where the pods could fall into a pond and potentially affect wildlife in the water.
Our pot grown Laburnum 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 the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.
Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently, avoiding banking any of the soil up around the collar of the tree.
We recommend planting Golden Chain trees with a staking kit. For single stakes, knock the stake in at an angle and use a buckle tie with a spacer to prevent chaffing. For more advice, visit the help section.
If you’re planting Golden Chain trees in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little.
Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons and if your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard. Our complete planting kits contain an irrigation system, weed suppressing mulch mat and rabbit guard, as well as the rootgrow and staking kits mentioned above.
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.
Laburnum 'Vossii' trees do not require regular pruning, but if you wish to tidy them up then do so during the dormant season. Focus on removing any damaged, diseased or overcrowded branches.
Despite being low maintenance, Golden Chain trees take pruning well if desired. If you want a clear trunk, remove any side shoots to help raise the crown. They can also be pruned into an arch shape - there's a famous long trellis of arching Laburnums (called a Laburnum Walk) at Hampton Court Palace, with other fine examples at Bodnant Gardens and what was the home of the garden designer Rosemary Verey.
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Trees on pre-order are not ready to send out yet and an estimate of when they will be ready for despatch is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.
1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + 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.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. 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.
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.
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|
|Single Stem Tree||150-200cm||10L pot||£59.99 (ex VAT)|
|Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth||approx 2.5-3.0m||20L pot||£179.99 (ex VAT)|
|Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth||approx 2.5-3.0m||28L pot||£199.99 (ex VAT)|
|Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth||approx 3.0-3.5m||45L pot||£229.99 (ex VAT)|
|Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth||approx 3.5-4.5m||45L pot||£269.99 (ex VAT)|
|Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth||approx 4.5-6.0m||55L pot||£319.99 (ex VAT)|