TREE OF THE MONTH – WILD LABURNUM (CALPURNIA AUREA)

This beautiful little tree occurs naturally from the Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga into Limpopo. In Spring it produces abundant sprays of yellow flowers and these are followed up by papery thin straw coloured seed pods.

Growing in gardens it can reach a height of +/- 4 metres and under favourable conditions this growth can occur in 3 years.

Light frost will only make it drop it’s foliage for a while but do not plant it in areas with heavy frost. It can tolerate dry conditions but will flower better and grow faster if it receives more water.

The Wild Laburnum is ideal for planting in small gardens and in bigger gardens they look great planted in groups.