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botanical name:
Cytisus 'Donard Gem'
Cytisus 'Donard Gem' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Broom
family:  Papilionaceae
characteristics: shrub
height: 1.20m
width: 1.50m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: arching
leaf colour: green
flower colour: pink
stem/bark: green
main season: Spring
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 8
description:
Compact, neat semi-erect habit with long arching stems of tiny mid-green leaves. Freely produced dark pink flowers flushed with red.

cultivation:
Well drained soil in full sun. Thrives in poor acid soils, lime-tolerant but dislikes shallow chalky soil.
Resents disturbance and best planted when small.

Prune after flowering by shortening all young green growth by up to two-thirds. Avoid cutting back into old wood as it is reluctant to re-shoot.

propagation:
From cuttings

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