Sweet Broom

Cytisus x spachianus

A fuss-free shrub with evergreen foliage on upright branches that softly arch as it matures. Produces bright yellow, sweetly fragrant flowers in late spring. A beautiful specimen when singly planted, however, when planted in mass, it produces a virtual avalanche of color. A great plant for sunny, dry hillside plantings.
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Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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Botanical PronunciationSIH-tiss-us spah-chee-AH-nus
Average Size at MaturityFast growing to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 5 to 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring
Design IdeasTake advantage of its fast and easy growing qualities by using it for edges, backgrounds and as single specimens in the garden. Place in corners, at edges of buildings and along fences to add beauty to dull architecture.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
Companion PlantsSmoke Bush (Cotinus); Heather (Calluna); Shrub Rose (Rosa); California Lilac (Ceanothus); Lilac (Syringa)

Adapts to a wide range of soil and moisture conditions; thrives in poor, infertile soil. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system; tolerates drought and heat when established. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a neat appearance, prune annually after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10

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