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By Janey

Lincolnshire, England Eng

On the tip of a branch of my Laburnocytisus Adamii is this weird growth. A mass of leaves and pea flowers which are lavender in colour. Does anyone know why this has occurred please?




This is a graft hybrid between Laburnum and Chamaecytisus purpurea. The correct name for this type of graft is a chimera. Sometimes the chimera breaks down and you get true growths of the Laburnum with yellow flowers and the purple flowers of the Chamaecytisus. This is supposed to be the reason for growing it.

24 May, 2010


So far the tree has produced uniform blooms of a peach/gold colour like in my avatar pic, I wonder if I pruned this broom growth off I could grow it on?

24 May, 2010


If you took cuttings of the Chamaecytisus part then you would indeed get a chamaecytisus. Ditto Laburnum. Not sure about the success rate with cuttings for either of these, never tried. Don't like Laburnum and the other is too tender for us here. They do not survive our winter.

25 May, 2010

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