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Cytisus - 'Burkwoodii' (Broom)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Red Flowers (Summer early), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Cytisus Description

Burkwoodii produces masses cerise / red spring blossom. Pea like flowers appear on last years growth. Deciduous foliage is silver green and rather insignificant. Flowers are followed by pea like seed pods, which explode when ripe. 3m x 3m.


Cytisus - Cultivation Notes

Broom flourishes in moderately fertile well drained soils, especially if sandy - avoiding very dark fertile soils. Plant in a full sun - a dry south facing bed is good. Prune dead heads after flowering, avoiding old wood - prune to shape sparingly.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Cytisus:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Scented blossom
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Cytisus

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap

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