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Cytisus scoparius var. prostratus

Common broom

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height1m
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourGolden-yellow
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Cytisus scoparius var. prostratus (Common broom). This is also known as C. maritimus. A deciduous, prostrate shrub forming mounds of interlocking shoots. Profuse, golden-yellow flowers are produced in late spring and early summer. Bears small, grey-green leaves with three oblong leaflets.

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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