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Cytisus scoparius

Common broom

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Features

  • BloomsApril to June
  • Height1m to 2.5m
  • Spread0.8m to 1m
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourBright yellow-orange
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Cytisus scoparius (Common broom). Widely distributed in central and western Europe including the UK. Is tall and vigorous species reaching 1.8-2.5m in height . Bright yellow-orange flowers appear in late spring and early summer. The black seed pods may be abundant, ripening in mid-summer and scattering their seed with a sharp, cracking sound in hot, dry weather. In cooler areas of some southern hemisphere countries it has become a troublesome weed. ‘Pendulus’ is a rare cultivar with pendulous branches.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Other common names

Scotch broom, Broom

Origin

W.Europe

Interest and use

Banks, hedging, specimen. Spring/Summer interest. Suitable for coastal conditions. Whole plant is poisonous if eaten.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Sandy
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy and will prefer full sun with fertile but not over-rich, well drained soil. Resents being transplanted.

Propagation

Propagated from seed, cuttings or grafting.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Gall mites may be a problem.

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