Laburnum

There are examples in the park, this one is near to the Cell Barnes Rose Garden.

Latin/Botanical Name: Laburnum anagyroides

Range: Native to southern Europe but widely planted in northern Europe.

Height: to 7m.

Uses: Historically it has been used for cabinet making, inlay  and musical instruments such as recorders and flutes and bagpipes. The heart-wood is very hard and a dark chocolate brown and has been used as a substitute for ebony or rosewood.

Description: A small tree with an open irregular crown. Smooth greenish-brown bark, twigs have silky hairs. Trifoliate leaves elliptical blunt and greyish-green, untoothed and hair on underside. Flowers golden yellow pea-like in a loose pendulous raceme. Produced late April. Black seeds form in a pod.Interesting Facts: All parts of the plant are toxic, containing a plant alkaloid cytisine. However, its toxicity seems to have been over emphasised, it causes upset stomach and vomiting, very large quantities would need to be consumed to cause mortality.