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Cytisus scoparius /Scotch Broom

Cytisus scoparius  / Cytisus scoparius
Spikes of yellow spring flowers
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Spikes of yellow spring flowers

Yellow flowers and gray-green foliage

Large mature specimen in full bloom

Established plant in landscape

Clear yel,low flowers an cascading branches

Another view of flowers in early spring

A close-up of yellow blossoms

Spring flowers


Large, mounding shrub in spring flower

Close view of flowers

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Scientific Name: Cytisus scoparius
Common Name: Scotch Broom
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: This plant will quickly die if its roots are kept wet, and it spreads by seeds and can become invasive. Regular pruning and grooming are required to keep specimens thrifty and flowering. Cut back old plants periodically after blooming to induce new growth and improved flowering. Do not fertilize since they grow quite well in poor soils, provided that the drainage is good. Numerous cultivars available in the trade.