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Scotch Broom
Scientific Name: Cytisus scoparius (L.) Link
Synonym: Sarothamnus scoparius, Spartium scoparium
Family: Fabaceae
Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 350. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 7-24
USDA: 8b-12

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 15F (-10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Europe

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub, up to 10 feet tall (3 m); alternate leaves, palmately compound, 0.5 to 1 inch across (1.2-2.5 cm), 3 leaflets, darker above, slightly fuzzy below

Watering Needs: Little to no water when established

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings

One of the taller Cytisus, it is now classified as a noxious weed in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington for its invasive capabilities in the wild.

Cultural Practices:
Plant 5 feet apart. Does not need fertilizer. Cut back flowered stems.

Blooming Habits:
Profuse fragrant, yellow, pea shaped flowers in late spring.

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