Cytisus scoparius

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Cytisus scoparius
 Common Broom
Habit: Shrub
Height: 3 m
Width: 3 m
Lifespan: 10-30 years
Origin: W Europe
Poisonous: All parts poisonous
Exposure: full sun
Water: low
Hardiness: hardy to about -20°C
Bloom: mid spring
USDA Zones: 7-10
Sunset Zones:
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Cytisus scoparius Link (syn. Sarothamnus scoparius Wimm. Spartium scoparium L.). Common Broom. Shrub, to 3 m, with erect, slender branches: Lvs. short- petioled, 1-3-foliolate; lfts. obovate or oblanceolate, sparingly appressed-pubescent, 5-15 mm long: fls. usually solitary, 2 cm long; calyx and pedicels nearly glabrous: pod brownish black, glabrous, villous only at the margin. May, June. Central and western Europe. The tops are used for their sedative and diuretic properties. In Germany the fls. also are used medicinally.

Var. andreanus Dipp. (Genista andreana Puissant). Fls. yellow with dark crimson wings. A beautiful and striking variety. Var. albus Loud. (var. pallidus Hort., var. ochroleucus Zabel., var. sulphureus Arb. Kew). With yellowish white or pale yellow fls. Var. pendulus Arb. Kew (C. grandiflorus Hort., not DC.; C. cantabricus Hort., not Willd.). With slender pendulous branches. There is also a variety with double fls.—All the vars. are more tender than the type. It is also recommended by landscape gardeners for covering raw and broken places. Its yellow fls. and nearly bare stems make a unique combination in the landscape. Even when it kills to the ground in winter, it throws up its stems again in the spring.


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