The Q&A Archives: Improving Our Golden Chain Tree

Questioner's Location: Bellevue, WA
Date: June 2, 2000

Question: I live in a neighborhood with where several golden chain trees have grown into fairly large trees that in the spring are full of blooms. We have a golden chain tree in our front yard that has never produced flowers very well. We recently removed a large Maple that I think must have been causing some of the problems for the golden chain tree. My question is this. Now that the maple is gone, is it likely the golden chain will flourish on its own, or do I need to do something to make this happen?

Answer: When trees are planted in close proximity they compete for sunlight, moisture and nutrients. If the maple was shading your golden chain, receiving full sunshine should perk it right up. With competition for water and nutrients removed, I expect your tree will thrive. Golden chain trees are generally vigorous growers and produce lots of spring color with very little attention. Give your tree a little while to readjust and it should reward you with lots of bright yellow blooms each spring.

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