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Cytisus scoparius ‘Moonlight’ (Scotch Broom)

Scotch Broom 'Moonlight'

Cytisus scoparius 'Moonlight', Scotch Broom,Mediterranean plants, Mediterranean shrubs, Yellow flowers
Cytisus scoparius 'Moonlight', Scotch Broom,Mediterranean plants, Mediterranean shrubs, Yellow flowers
Cytisus scoparius 'Moonlight', Scotch Broom,Mediterranean plants, Mediterranean shrubs, Yellow flowers
Cytisus scoparius 'Moonlight', Scotch Broom,Mediterranean plants, Mediterranean shrubs, Yellow flowers

Cytisus scoparius ‘Moonlight’ (Scotch Broom) is a deciduous shrub with upright to arching stems boasting a profusion of moonlight yellow to creamy white pea-like flowers in spring. Incredibly showy, they literally smother the plant. When in bloom, this Scotch Broom is one of the most eye-catching sight in the spring garden. The blossoms give way to fuzzy seed pods, 1-2 in. (2-5 cm) long, which will explode when mature forcefully expelling the seeds. The stems bear small, deep green trifoliate leaves. Fast-growing, adaptable, care-free, it is drought, dry and poor soils, salt tolerant. Use in mass plantings, mixed borders or as an informal screen or hedge.

  • Grows up to 5-6 ft. tall and wide (150-180 cm).
  • Easily grown in poor, neutral to slightly acid, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates drought, dry soils and salt. Excellent shrub for gardens that get little watering.
  • Great for beds and borders, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, rock gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for gall mites.
  • Minimal pruning required. Avoid cutting into old wood.
  • Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.
  • Cytisus scoparius species is native to Central and Southern Europe. It was introduced into the United States as an ornamental in the early 1800s, and has been considered a pest weed since the 1920’s on the West Coast.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, H1
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Leguminosae
Common names Scotch Broom
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 5' - 6'
(150cm - 180cm)
Spread 5' - 6'
(150cm - 180cm)
Spacing 60" - 72"
(150cm - 180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Salt, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, H1
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Leguminosae
Common names Scotch Broom
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 5' - 6'
(150cm - 180cm)
Spread 5' - 6'
(150cm - 180cm)
Spacing 60" - 72"
(150cm - 180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Salt, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?

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