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A small European tree that has hanging clusters of yellow flowers succeeded by slender pods containing poisonous seeds. The hard timber is sometimes used as an ebony substitute. Native to Central and Southern Europe, laburnums have been widely planted as ornamentals.
- ‘Other conspicuous species include the whites, pinks and mauves of the lilacs and laburnums on Mitchell Drive and the common horse chestnut whose upright white flower stalks stand out boldly - there are several fine trees near to the Great Oak Hall.’
- ‘In a really well-furnished country garden the laburnums are equal in splendour to any trees that are grown.’
- ‘The only thing I have heard about laburnums is that they can seed around like crazy.’
- ‘I am sure there is some legislation that states that laburnums can't be planted near grazing land because of the poisoning risk’
- ‘A wood-pigeon is cooing lazily in the distance, and the gardens are ablaze with laburnums and rhododendrons.’
- ‘One can also see a lovely section of flowering crabs and laburnums.’
- ‘It's something that laburnums suffer from and I fear that once you've got it, it will spread very rapidly through all the other laburnums.’
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