Cytisus scoparius

Scotch broom is a perennial, many-branched, shrub to about 4 feet tall. It’s leaves are sparse, but has many slender branches. For us it is evergreen, but in colder locations it is deciduous. It has bright green stems and vivid yellow sweet pea-like flowers. It is easy to see why this plant would be well loved because it is pretty when in bloom. After flowering, the pea pods develop and then during a hot day you can hear them cracking and flinging their seeds around. Those seeds can remain viable for 30 years.

Pronunciation: SI-ti-sus sko-PAH-ree-us

Species Meaning: means broom-like

Cultivation Notes

Every plant that we can find is cut down or yanked out. We know it is a losing battle as we will never be rid of it. There are thousands of bushes of it surrounding us, but we will persist.

Propagation Notes

Boil all seeds for 24 hours to make sure they are dead!

In Our Garden

Plant ID:

Found in Compost Heap,

Listed as a noxious weed in Oregon and rightly so. When in bloom, you can see the enormous spread it has across the hillsides around Oceanside. The irony is that it was purposely introduced to help with erosion control.

Family: Fabaceae

Genus: Cytisus

Species: scoparius

Commonly known as: Scotch Broom

Height: 3ft to 5ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Sun
Season of Interest:
Zn 0 to 6 - too cold for me!

Resistant to Deer, Rabbit, and Rodent.

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