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Cytisus X praecox - 'Alba' (Broom)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Yellow Flowers (Summer early), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Cytisus X praecox 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 X praecox - 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 X praecox:
  • 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
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
Weaknesses of Cytisus X praecox
  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
Design & Plant Use for Cytisus X praecox:
  • Tall summer flowering shrub suitable for back of border planting
  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils


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Cytisus X praecox - 'Alba' (Broom)

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