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BenDoverBenDover Posts: 480

I love laburnum trees, and would happily have one or two in my garden, but somebody told me that if I came to sell the house I'd have to chop the trees down as unlikely any family with children would buy it as the trees would put people off.  I know laburnum tree seeds are poisonous as I grew up with one in my garden and remember my mother telling me not to eat the seats when I was about 4/5 years old - she told me although they look like pea pods they weren't and I shouldn't eat or play with them.  Suited me as I don't like peas!!  Are peoples fears of laburnum trees that bad?  Surely parents these days have the same common sense as my mother did and just warn the children off.  And a laburnum tree wold be the least of their problems - they would also have to avoid the Acotnitum, Digitalis, Solanum dulcamara, and Narcissus then, and keep away from the pond whilst they're at it! image

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,553

    fears are terrible, commonsense is over-ridden by alarmist journalism, people have become too distanced from nature and are frightened of plants, insects and goodness knows what else.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,430

    Hi Tim. You are right. A little too much scaremongering about laburnum and where that story evolved about you having to chop down the tree when you come to sell your house - nonsense! If it were me I'd plant the tree and be damned!

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/laburnum-tree/981137.html

    Have a read through this Tim. It should answer your questions...and a few more. image

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