Common Names in English:
Moonlight Scotch Broom, Scotch Broom
ID Features: Year-round green stem color. Angled stems. Trifoliate leaves. Yellow pea-like flowers.
Habit: Very erect , broad mounding habit.
Flowers: Blooms in May and into early June. Pea-like flowers are creamy-white or primrose. Blooming is profuse and very showy. • Bloom Period: April, May. • Flower Color: Yellow • Flower Conspicuous: Sweet-pea like
Seeds: Fruit: 1.5" to 2" pea-like pods. Not ornamentally significant.
Foliage: Tiny • Foliage Shape: Oval • Normal foliage color: Green • Underside foliage: Green • Juvenile foliage: Green • Mature foliage: Green • New foliage: Green • Spring foliage: Green • Summer foliage: Deciduous. Leaf arrangement alternate. Small trifoliate leaves. Upper leaves often with only 1 leaflet . Color is medium to bright green. Stems are green and more conspicuous than the foliage . Stems are angled and flexible . • Fall foliage: Fall color not ornamentally important.
Growth Rate: Fast Growing • Size: Fast-growing to 5 to 6 ft . high, equal width .
Landscape Uses: As an accent for stunning bloom . For borders . Specimen. Along highways. Accent. • Liabilities: Tends to be somewhat short-lived. Twig kill in severe winters. Tends to self-sow. • Care: Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system . Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring . For a formal appearance , shear annually after flowering.
Culture: Space 2-3' apart. Needs full sun . Best in dry, sand soils. Cut-back some growth after blooming.
Soil: Needs good drainage . Prefers sandy, infertile, dry soil.
Sunlight: Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Moisture: Water Requirements: Once established needs only occasional water.
Members of the genus Cytisus
ZipcodeZoo has pages for 35 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:
C. dallimorei (Dallimore's Spanishbroom) · C. decumbens (Prostrate Broom) · C. fontanesii (Bolina) · C. hirsutus (Broom) · C. monspessulana (French Broom Cytisus Monspessulana) · C. multiflorus (Escoba Blanca) · C. nigricans (Black Broom) · C. praecox (Warminster Broom) · C. praecox 'Hollandia' (Common Broom) · C. proliferus (Escabon) · C. purgans 'Spanish Gold' (Broom) · C. purpureus 'Atropurpureus' (Purple Broom) · C. scoparius (Amber Elf Dwarf Broom) · C. scoparius f. andreanus (Broom) · C. scoparius scoparius (European Broom) · C. scoparius scoparius var. scoparius (English Broom) · C. scoparius var. andreanus (English Broom) · C. scoparius 'Burkwoodii' (Burkwood Broom) · C. scoparius 'Firefly' (Scotch Broom) · C. scoparius 'Madame Butterfly' (Scotch Broom) · C. scoparius 'Moonlight' (Moonlight Scotch Broom) · C. striatus (Hairy-Fruited Broom) · C. villosus (Hairybroom) · C. x beanii (Dwarf Broom) · C. x dallimorei (Scotch Broom) · C. x kewensis (Kew Broom) · C. x praecox (Warminster Broom) · C. x praecox 'Allgold' (Allgold Broom) · C. × spachianus (Sweet Broom) · C. x 'Lena' (Lena Scotch Broom) · C. x 'Lilac Time' (Lilac Time Scotch Broom) · C. x 'Minstead' (Minstead Scotch Broom) · C. 'Andreanus' (English Broom) · C. 'La Coquette' (Broom) · C. 'Lena' (Scotch Broom)
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