HOW TO GROW LABURNUM WATERERI 'ALFORDS WEEPING'


How to grow Laburnum 'Alfords Weeping'


If your are looking for something other than the usual offering of Laburnum species and hybrids (notably Laburnum alpinum, and Laburnum × watereri 'Vossii), then consider the following form - Laburnum x watereri 'Alfold Weeping'.

Like Laburnum x watereri 'Vossii, Laburnum x watereri 'Alfold Weeping' is a selected seedling of the naturally occurring hybrids of  Laburnum alpinum and Laburnum anagyroides. However all hybrids from these parents are named after the type raised at Waterers nurseries in Knaphill, England - hence the 'watereri' part of the hybrid name.

Laburnum 'Alfords Weeping'
Laburnum x watereri 'Alfolds Weeping' is a small, vigorous, tree with an upright habit, a wide spreading head and long, drooping branches. Growing up to 4 metres tall, it is a deciduous tree with vivid green leaves consisting of 3 elliptic to elliptic-oblong leaflets up to 3 inches long. It produces fragrant yellow 2 cm long flowers on 15 to 25 cm long pendant racemes in June, however the foliage tends to partially obscure the flowers

It was a selected seedling from Hilliers nurseries, Hampshire, England, discovered by and named after Alfred Alford in 1965, the nursery foreman.

Plant container grown plants at anytime of year, so long as you have favourable weather. Bare-root specimen will need to be planted between October and March. Be aware that young plants will always need the support of a sturdy stake for the first few years after plating until its root system establishes and its truck thickens. It will perform best in any ordinary, moist, well-drained and slightly acidic soils, and will tolerate heavy clay, and even chalky. However avoid areas prone to waterlogging.

Laburnum x watereri 'Alfolds Weeping' will tolerate a partially shaded position but flowering will always be more impressive when in full sun. Be aware that young plants will always need the support of a sturdy stake for the first few years after plating until its root system establishes and its truck thickens.

WARNING. All parts of Laburnum x watereri 'Alfolds Weeping' are poisonous if ingested, in particular the seeds.