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Genista hispanica (Spanish Broom)

Spanish Broom, Spanish Gorse, Spanish Furze


One of the most reliable shrubs for hot and dry sites, Genista hispanica (Spanish Broom) is a spiny, gorse-like deciduous shrub with abundant clusters of bright yellow, pea-like flowers in late spring and early summer. They are born atop spiny green stems clad with small and dark green prickly leaves. Forming a dense mound, this tough and showy Mediterranean native thrives on neglect and is particularly useful on a dry bank.

  • Grows up to 30 in. tall (75 cm) and 5 ft. wide (150 cm).
  • Easily grown in poor infertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates both acid and alkaline conditions. Excellent shrub for gardens that get little watering.
  • Drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant
  • Great for banks and slopes, beds and borders, wall-side borders, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, Mediterranean gardens, or city gardens. Lovely when planted on the edge of a raised bed to cascade over the bed.
  • Virtually disease free but subject to Aphids
  • Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Will not tolerate hard pruning. New growth will not rejuvenate from old wood.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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