Off Duty: Differential Planting - Wisteria vs Laburnum

Wisteria sinensis 

- Chinese wisteria or Chinese kidney bean.

- Height: 9m; spread: 9m.

- Full sun or partial shade.

- Hardy.

- Pea-like, fragrant, mauve or lilac-coloured flowers in dense pendent racemes opening before the leaves. Blooms from late spring to early summer, followed by bean-like velvety green seed pods 15cm long.

- Toxic seeds, seed pods, bark and resin.

- Tolerant of pruning, and will re-grow if cut back to the base.

LABURNUM WATERERI VOSSII

- Golden rain.

- Height: 9m; spread: 6m.

- Full sun.

- Hardy.

- Dark green leaves. Late spring, early summer lavish display of extraordinarily long racemes of bright yellow fragrant flowers. Followed by seed pods.

Easily trained or grown as grafted tree.

- Crop of poisonous seeds.

- Remove pods to encourage future flowering.

- Dr Vasa Gnanapragasam is a GP in Sutton, Surrey.

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