Lena Scotch Broom
Cytisus x 'Lena' (Dallimorei hybrid)
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9
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