A beautiful tree of rounded habit, the Golden Chain tree will grow to a rounded shape of about 5 x 4 metres in 20 years. Long racemes of magnificent bright yellow, highly scented flowers hang from branches in May and June, often lasting for two to three weeks, and are very popular with wildlife such as bees. This beautiful variety of tree is sometimes used to create a laburnum walk (an arch of Laburnums held up on a trellis structure). Foliage is pinnate and light-green giving a bright backdrop for the luminous flowers.
A tough, very hardy small garden tree Voss’s laburnum (which is the most popular hybrid of the common Laburnum (Laburnum gyroides) was bred in Holland in the 1880's and has the RHS Award of Garden Merit. This variety 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. We recommend avoiding planting it where the pods could fall into a pond and potentially affect wildlife in the water, however the flowers are very beneficial to bees and other insects.
AKA Voss’s laburnum, Golden chain tree, Golden rain tree
Our pot grown Golden Chain 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 Golden Chain 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 Golden Chain 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.
Golden chain 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. If you require a clear trunk, remove any side shoots to help raise the crown. 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.
Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are 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 by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.
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 with a height under 1.5 metres) : £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 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat
Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
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.
Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.
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.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is 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.
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.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
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 branch), which supports a branched 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
The table below gives sizes and forms available for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary).
|Plant Specification||Form||Supplied Size||Root type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|Pruned & Shaped Tree||150-200cm||10L pot||£49.99 (ex VAT)|
|Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth||approx 3.0-3.5m||45L pot||£209.99 (ex VAT)|
|Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth||approx 3.5-4.5m||45L pot||£229.99 (ex VAT)|
|Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth||approx 4.5-6.0m||55L pot||£299.99 (ex VAT)|