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PlantFiles: Easter Broom
Genista x spachiana

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Genista (jih-NIS-tuh) (Info)
Species: x spachiana

Synonym:Cytisus spachianus
Synonym:Cytisus racemosus
Synonym:Cytisus everstianus
Synonym:Cytisus stenopetalus
Synonym:Teline stenopetala


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative FallbrookGardnr On Sep 19, 2013, FallbrookGardnr from Fallbrook, CA wrote:

Planted this shrub March 2012 under the name "Sweet Broom" (Genista (cytisus) x spachiana) from Home Depot.
Shrub looked great all summer with tons of yellow blooms and a nice looking green shrub. By Oct 2012 it had become infested with the Genista catepillar that was devouring all the greenery. It forms a web like substance that kills all the greenery on the shrub. It quickly devours the whole plant. I tried many different sprays including what a website recommended. The spray will kill the caterpillar but NOT any eggs laid. You must repeat spraying every week and spray every square inch of the plant or they come back. I have been battling them for almost a year now & I am DONE with this plant. Too hi-maintenance for the time spent in keeping this plant. Sept 2013, dug it up and threw it away! Gee, my beautiful orchids are less to maintain then this plant. Not worth the time & effort...besides the moth is ugly and not worth keeping just to feed the moth.

Neutral kl3lue On Apr 2, 2010, kl3lue from Owings Mills, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

INFO: The Home Depot is selling this plant calming that it will grow in Maryland. Please treat it as an annual in Maryland.

Negative LindaTX8 On Mar 29, 2007, LindaTX8 from NE Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant tends to die suddenly within a year of being planted.

Positive Sheila965 On Aug 7, 2006, Sheila965 from Rincon, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The flowers smell like lemons. The plant grows VERY rapidly (which is great!). I am hoping it will bloom in the fall as well. I live in zone 8b.

Positive carolynkelsea On Apr 2, 2003, carolynkelsea wrote:

Very easy, drought tolerant, yellow flowers in spring. Similar to Cytisus spachianus "Sweet Broom".


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clayton, California
Fallbrook, California
Fremont, California
Moreno Valley, California
Roseville, California
Salinas, California
San Diego, California
Rincon, Georgia
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dallas, Texas
Haltom City, Texas
Houston, Texas

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