Laburnum anagyroides ‘Sunspire’ Golden Chain

Description: 'Sunspire' is a recent introduction of laburnum from the alschingeri group, and is a dwarf variety of a fastigiated habit. The oval leaves are a green to grey-green colour and remain attractive throughout the season. In late spring fragrant golden-yellow flowers appear, which are at first erect and then droop after a couple of weeks. They are followed by hanging clusters of seed pods that are harmful if eaten.

History: Laburnum is native to the mountains of central Europe, and was introduced to the UK in 1560, where it has remained popular ever since. 

Laburnum Growing Tips: Pruning is not needed in case of this slow growing variety, but if you wish to maintain a size or shape you can prune unwanted branches in the middle of winter or early in the spring. Easy to grow in any well-drained soil in a full sun position.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 2m x 1m


  • Deciduous
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: May
  • S Size: Small
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Drought tolerant
  • Prune after flowering
  • Scented flowers
  • Prefers acid soil
  • Prefers full sun

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