Common name: Broom
Few people could fail to notice ain full flower, covered with masses of pea-like blooms. Choose from prostrate shrubs to bushes of 4m (12ft) or more in height.
Most cytisus seen in our gardens are varieties or hybrids. Among the yellows are ‘Porlock’ (AGM), a splendid choice. This forms a sizeable semi-evergreen bush which covers its branches with masses of highly fragrant golden-yellow blooms. It requires a sheltered spot ‘Burwoodii’ (AGM) is another to look out for, this time with late spring to early summerof cerise, the wings of which are deep crimson, edged with yellow. One that can be relied upon to make a fine show is ‘Compact Crimson’. Very different in habit is the pineapple broom (Cytisus battandieri) (AGM). This is a good, deciduous wall shrub, growing to 4m (12ft) or more. The pineapple-scented blooms of golden yellow are produced in cone-shaped clusters in late spring to early summer.
Soil type Well-drained, preferably of poor, sandy type.
Planting Cytisus resent root disturbance, and are often short-lived. Plant them in a sunny corner, the best time being autumn or spring.
Maintenance Regularis not required for most types. Those that flower on previous years’ growth can be cut back to half after flowering. Do not cut into old, brown wood.
Pests and diseases None likely.