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Wonderfully weird!

Janey

By Janey

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I can’t make my mind up whether I like my little tree which is a Laburnam cytisus cross, a Laburnocytisus adamii.

We planted it when we first came here, about 5 years ago and since then it has slowly grown, to a height now of about 10ft. Last year I moved it, which has probably set it back a year, but still the head of the tree is small. This year it has been covered in blossom buds, but with the cold weather, blossoms and leaves have opened together….I haven’t decided whether it’s wonderful or weird, so I’ll stick with wonderfully weird!

See what you think….:o)

With Laburnum type growth habit, the racemes of pea flowers are mainly peach, a mixture of yellow laburnum and purple cytisus or broom.

Quite delicate, the peach blossoms are a magnet for bees.

Here in the centre of the tree, the Laburnum has come out stronger, showing the pretty golden blossoms.

On another branch, the cytisus has taken over, producing purple broom flowers.

So on the tree are three types of pea flowers in three different colours…….weird or wonderful???

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Definitely wonderful.

21 May, 2012

amy
Amy
 

It's weird and wonderful Janey I love this tree it has grown an awful lot I have a feeling it's trying to revert back to the yellow I wonder if it would be best to take all the yellow off and maybe give it a good prune and shape it taking a large amount off in the autumn , those flowers are so pretty like a sweet pea ..

21 May, 2012

 

Wonderfully weird!

21 May, 2012

 

Wonderful in my eyes! :)

21 May, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Good thinking Amy.
Janey If you look you may be able to see the grafts, if the yellow is below them you will need to take it out as the rootstock is always the more vigorus.

21 May, 2012

 

Love it....Wonderful. x

21 May, 2012

 

And what a space saver - three for the price of one.
Definitely wonderful.

21 May, 2012

 

Lovely to have such an unusual tree Janey . . . it is wonderfully elegant!

21 May, 2012

 

Wonderful here too Janey, never seen anything like it, love it :-))

21 May, 2012

 

Magical and Wonderful;0)

21 May, 2012

 

It is unusual Janey, weirdyerful!

21 May, 2012

 

Ha ha...well I think we may say it is wonderful then or weirdyful as Grandmage says....:)).

Yes I think you're right there Amy, the yellow Laburnum is coming from the bowl, you can see how much more vigorous this branch is Bjs. I usually prune it after the flowers have faded taking branches out of the middle, the branches do seem to grow at different rates though.

21 May, 2012

 

Most unusual I would do the same as Amy suggested and remove all the yellow, the pink is so much softer, and if you had wanted a laburnum you would have bought one lol

21 May, 2012

 

I agree with Bjs. Same like with roses or other bushes which are grafted on more hardy stems. But maybe it was grafted like that, wasn´t it originaly intention to be tricolour? I have noticed in recent years lot of GC sell double or tricolour shrubs on one stem (graft? that is the proper name in English, Bjs?).

22 May, 2012

 

Yes Dd....I think I may do that....but Katerina is right, the attraction is the three colours and types of pea flower on the one tree. Originally the broom part had been grafted on to a laburnum stem to create a weeping broom standard, but the tree had other ideas...lol!

22 May, 2012

 

Natures amazing.....

22 May, 2012

 

I do not know. Such things do not happen in nature naturally.

22 May, 2012

 

Just lovely :o))

22 May, 2012

 

I really like it, and I can see the likeness between my plant and your tree. :-)

22 May, 2012

 

That's strange Janey. I wonder if there are 3 different trees grafted on to the same rootstock ? But I like it. It's like having 3 for the price of one lol

22 May, 2012

 

exactly, Hywel :)

23 May, 2012

 

Thanks Annella and Spritz...:o).

Hi Hywel...its just one plant type grafted onto the rootstock of Laburnum.

This is what it says in Wickipedia.

"The plant originated in the nursery of M. Adam near Paris in 1825......probably as an accident. Chamaecytisus purpureus (purple Broom) is normally a low growing plant and grafting it onto a straight trunk of a related species (Laburnum) would be expected to create an attractive semi-weeping standard."

I would think he was hoping for a small weeping tree with purple flowers. As it is what was created was a small tree with flowers of both parents, purple and yellow and flowers of a mixture of both...coppery pink!

23 May, 2012

 

def wonderfull !! gawjuss .........................mines still only produseing a few flowers still

24 May, 2012

 

Thanks Cristina.......I'm pleased you have one too...they are very unusual aren't they.I'm hoping mine will grow much larger...it is slow growing though. How did your open day go......I bet everyone loved your garden.?....:0)))

24 May, 2012

 

This is amazing. So pretty....I love it.

8 Jun, 2012

 

I've never even heard of it! I love the shape of the plant and the pinky flowers, I wouldn't say 'weird' at all...but 'unusual' and lovely! Thanks for introducing me to it. The purple broom sounds lovely too....off to look it up!

1 Jul, 2012

 

Thanks Hb and Karen......it's sending out some thin longish growth now, I could do to prune it now and get it in shape for next spring....I still haven't made my mind up on this one!

1 Jul, 2012

 

Well, after I saw this I went and googled it and I have to say, yours is looking better than any of the ones on there...except of course for the 'doctored' ones from the sellers! :D

1 Jul, 2012

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