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Cytisus scoparius (Scotch broom)

Cytisus scoparius Photo/Illustration: Stacey Leicht/Courtesy of Invasive Plant Atlas of New England


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Cytisus scoparius SIT-ih-sus sko-PAR-ee-us Common Name: Scotch broom Genus: Cytisus
Scotch broom is an upright, deciduous shrub with slender, arching shoots. In late spring, it produces abundant yellow flowers in axillary clusters.
Noteworthy characteristics: Initially planted as an ornamental, this Western Europe native is considered invasive in the Northwest U.S.
Care: Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Thrives in poor, acidic soils.
Propagation: Root ripewood cutings in mid-summer or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.
Problems: Gray mold (Botrytis), dieback, root rot, and spider mites.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Characteristics Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Late Spring; Spring
Flower Color Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Roadside
Style Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest
Type Shrubs

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