Chamaecytisus proliferus , Tagasaste

Chamaecytisus proliferus

Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Canary Islands
USDA Zone: 8-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

It is native to the Canary Islands and found in the wild in dry and rocky areas.

Growing up to 5-10 feet tall and 10-20 feet wide, Chamaecytisus is an excellent windbreaks species and is also used as a nurse crop in forestry and plantation setups. This large shrub requires full sun or semi-shade and moderate water, but tolerates dry soil. It has small, white or off-white flowers that are produced over a long period and can be used for pollinator habitat.

Chamaecytisus is generally found in USDA Zone 8-11 and its mature cold hardiness is at least to mid-20s F for a short time. When grown in containers, the plant can be brought indoors when conditions are too cold and shifted back to the patio or balcony in summer. The plant should be brought indoors before the first frost.

Regular pruning should be done to keep it in good shape. The pruning can be done any time to shape or reduce the size of Chamaecytisus. The frequent prunings will also encourage the development of multiple stems from the base of the plant, which helps to create a bushy and full plant.

Chamaecytisus is perfect for anyone looking for a fast-growing, drought-resistant shrub or small tree to use as a windbreak or pollinator habitat. With correct care and adequate pruning, it will thrive in cold and dry conditions, making it an attractive addition to any garden.

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