Broom: Cytisus decumbens

A member of the Fabaceae family, this genus includes tender Mediterranean species but also many others that are native to Europe and the Balkans and are therefore hardy. Dwarf species like C. decumbens are ideal for growing in containers. They are densely branched and grow no higher than 50 cm (20 in).

The bright yellow flowers that appear in late spring and continue until early summer, standing out beautifully against the green foliage. C. decumbens thrives in a sunny, warm position.

During the growing season, it needs plenty of water and food. The soil should be well-drained. It will tolerate dry conditions but not being waterlogged. In winter, the container should well protected against frost. Cytisus is propagated from semi-ripe cuttings taken in summer when pruning after the plant has finished flowering. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

07. July 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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