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Common broom

Cytisus scoparius

Also known as

Scotch broom, Broom

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

1m

1m

Min

80cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Common broom Overview

Widely distributed in central and western Europe including the UK. Is tall and vigorous species reaching 1.8-2.5m in height . Bright yellow-orange flowers appear in late spring and early summer. The black seed pods may be abundant, ripening in mid-summer and scattering their seed with a sharp, cracking sound in hot, dry weather. In cooler areas of some southern hemisphere countries it has become a troublesome weed. 'Pendulus' is a rare cultivar with pendulous branches.

Common problems with Common broom

How to propagate Common broom

Cuttings

Propagated from seed, cuttings or grafting.

Grafting

Seed

Special features of Common broom

Hedge plant

Other uses of Common broom

Banks, hedging, specimen. Spring/Summer interest. Suitable for coastal conditions. Whole plant is poisonous if eaten.