Cytisus x praecox, Scotch Broom, Warminster Broom

Cytisus x praecox

Scotch Broom, Warminster Broom
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Europe
USDA Zone: 5-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterYellow, orange flowersWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The Scotch Broom prefers full sun to part shade and has moderate water needs. Plant eventually reaches a mature size of 5-10 feet tall. The foliage is a medium, light green on the stems and light yellow-green on the leaves. The white and off-white flowers add a light show to the planting.

This showy shrub attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators with its bright flowers. Not only is the Scotch Broom attractive, it's cold hardy and grows in USDA Zones 5-9. This makes it a perfect choice for growing in cold regions.

When growing Scotch Broom in a pot, choose a pot with a drainage hole and use a soil mix that contains compost. This will help the soil retain moisture. Make sure the pot is large enough to contain the root system of the plant, which can expand quite widely. Water the Scotch Broom regularly and deeply but don't over-water as this can cause root rot. Deadhead fading blooms and fertilize with a balanced formula every four weeks in the spring and summer. Prune lightly at the end of the season to keep its size and shape in check.

Scotch Broom is an attractive, fast-growing deciduous shrub that adds beauty to planting beds and containers. With its bright yellow and orange blooms, it's an eye-catching choice that requires minimal maintenance. Its cold hardiness makes it a great option for growing in cold regions and its showy flowers make it a favorite of pollinators. With the right care, this low-maintenance plant can flourish and bring beauty to any planting.

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