Laburnum anagyroides Medik.
Golden Chain, Golden Rain
Golden chain tree was introduced to North America in the early 1500s, favored for its radiant yellow hanging racemes of flowers.
Identification: Trees are 12-30' (3.7-9.1 m) in height, with few branches and a width of 9-12' (2.7-3.7 m). Leaves are 1¼-3" (3.3-7.6 cm), alternate, tripinnate. Flowers are plentiful bright yellow hanging racemes, 6-10" (15-25 cm) long. Individual flowers are bilaterally symmetrical, about ¾" (1.9 cm) in size. Flowers appear from May to June. Fruits resemble hanging clusters of pea pods.
Edibility: Poisonous Seeds, which look somewhat similar to peas, are poisonous, containing the alkoloid cytisine. Produces nervousness, stomach and intestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; irregular pulse, convulsions, coma; may be fatal.
Laburnum anagyroides on luirig.altervista.org
Laburnum anagyroides on plantillustrations.org (botanical illustrations)
Laburnum anagyroides on Wikimedia Commons
Laburnum anagyroides on apps.kew.org
Laburnum anagyroides on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Laburnum anagyroides on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (toxicity information)
Laburnum anagyroides description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Nov 2013.
Range: Zones 5-7: