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Laburnum anagyroidis
golden chain-tree

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest at low elevations in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Utah.

Habitat: Forest edge, wastelots, and other disturbed sites often in proximity to residential development where escaped from cultivation.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Tree to 8 m. tall with arching, ascending branches; bark smooth, with columns of buff-brown lenticels.


Leaves trifoliate, long-petiolate, the leaflets entire, oval or elliptic with a wedge-shaped base, 6-8 cm. long, with silky hairs on the lower surface.


Inflorescence of many-flowered, pendant racemes, terminal on the twigs and branches; flowers pea-like, bright yellow, 2 cm. long, with 5 petals, the two upper petals with brown penciling; calyx bell-shaped, two-lipped; stamens 10, the filaments united in a tube.


Pod 4-6 cm. long, flat and lumpy, sparsely hairy.

Accepted Name:
Laburnum anagyroidis Medik.
Publication: Vorles. Churpfälz. Phys.-Öcon. Ges. 2: 363. (1787). 1787.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Laburnum anagyroides Medik., orthographic variant [IFBC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Laburnum anagyroidis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Laburnum anagyroidis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Laburnum anagyroidis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Laburnum anagyroidis photos.

USDA Plants: Laburnum anagyroidis information.

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