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LABURNUM alpinum

Alpine Golden Chain Tree

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Family: Fabaceae

Subfamily: Faboideae

Characteristics: Deciduous tree 5 m spread 3 m

Seeds per packet: 40

A spectacular small tree with pendant branches and showy yellow pea shaped flowers occurring in long pendant clusters appearing in early spring and summer.

Leaves are trifoliate with elliptical leaflets.

A good addition to smaller gardens.

Native to Europe.

Adaptable to most soil types in an open sunny position, frost resistant but drought tender.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.

Acacia seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.

  1. Place the seed in a container and pour in just boiled water and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
  3. Sow the depth of seed keep warm & moist but not wet.
  4. Germination should occur in 14-28 days @ 18-22C.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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