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Lena Scotch Broom

Cytisus x 'Lena' (Dallimorei hybrid)

Pronunciation: SIH-tiss-us
SKU #03136

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Description Abundant sprays of fragrant lemon yellow and ruby-red blooms cover slender green stems. Tiny leaves are inconspicuous. Dense clumps make interesting hedge, divider or screen. This well-behaved hybrid tolerates poor soil and requires little care. Semi-evergreen.
Light Full sun
Watering Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Spring to Early Summer
Mature Size Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Semi-Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Waterwise
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Spreading
Flower Attributes Flowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Border, Hedge
Design Ideas This is a Broom that is small enough for city gardens. Use as a substitute for non-flowering coniferous hedges along a driveway or the front lawn's edge. Or use as a single specimen for a lavish show of red and yellow bicolored flowers. Do not place larger plants too close as they may constrain its low, broad profile.
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants California Lilac (Ceanothus); Lilac (Syringa); Shrub Rose (Rosa); Heather (Calluna);Smoke Bush (Cotinus)
Care Thrives in well-drained, sandy soils, though very adaptable. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.
Lore The brooms are shrubs actually used to make brooms or "besomes" in the Old World. While in some environments, common broom (Cytissus scoparius) can re-seed and spread to form dense stands that tend to crowd out native plants and is considered to be an invasive species in California and the Pacific Northwest, hybrid cultivars of this plant are much less aggressive and some do not produce viable seed.

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