Mystery tree with rampant yellow flowers

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by JCardina, May 30, 2007.

  1. JCardina

    JCardina Active Member

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    I've spotted the tree in the photo in the comox valley area growing in several yards but have yet to identify it. It's very striking.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     

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    Laburnum, I think.

    Please be aware (especially if there are children around) that all parts are poisonous.
     
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    That's it Ellsee! Thank you very much. And thanks for the poison warning. Sadly every interesting plant we come across seems to be either invasive or poisonous, must have a knack for bad picks I guess!

    Thanks again and cheers!
     
  4. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yep, definitely Laburnum, probably the very popular hybrid cultivar Laburnum × watereri 'Vossii'. The young seed pods are the highest risk for poisoning, as they look rather like pea pods. Poisoning is generally fairly rare, though.
     
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    Most "Vossii" do not conform to the characteristics of the cultivar.
     
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    How poisonus is this tree? Could it seriously harm a child? dog? squirrel?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Children, yes, if they make the mistake of trying to eat the pea-like seeds. Dogs, unlikely, squirrels not.
     
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    Too bad it doesn't take out the squirrels! They like to eat my english walnuts and then bury them and I find them growing in the weirdest places. LOL
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Trees sold here as 'Vossii' do not produce abundant, well-filled fruits in the manner of common goldenchain. There are often some seeds, but not the same quantity - probably much less likely to be noticed and sampled.
     
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    Oooh hahaha I think I've seen that pic before ^

    Barnsleyhouse's version is better with that sculpture at the end!
     
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    Nice tree but invasive if left to seed. Sends down a deep tap root which is a bugger to pull out. I prune mine after its finished flowering which makes this tree some what high mantenance.
     

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