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common name: Broom
synonyms: Cytisus 'Porlock'
brown & green
poisonous or irritant
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -24°C
USDA zone: 5 to 8
Spreading shrub with arching stems of small three-palmate, mid-green leaves. Clusters of fragrant, clear bright yellow flowers in spring and in mild locations, sometimes in winter.
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.