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Laburnum (Golden Chain Tree, Golden Rain Tree)

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  • Common Name: Laburnum (Golden Chain Tree, Golden Rain Tree)
  • Latin Name: Laburnum spp.
  • Family Name: Fabaceae/Leguminosae (Pea family)
All parts of the laburnum are TOXIC, especially the seed and bark, as they contain the vasoconstrictor cytisine.  There are around 3,000 hospital admissions due to Laburnum poisoning each year.  This plant has also caused fatalities in horses, so avoid planting it anywhere near the tortoise enclosure. 
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