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PlantFiles: Scotch Broom, Common Broom, False Heather
Cytisus x praecox 'Allgold'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cytisus (SIT-is-us) (Info)
Species: x praecox
Cultivar: Allgold

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gardengirl86 On Aug 25, 2008, gardengirl86 from Middleboro, MA wrote:

This plant is so beautiful in spring when it is in flower. You can barely see the stems or leaves because it is so full of dainty yellow flowers. It also attracts honey bees in my area which are so important to the environment. In the winter it is a welcome show of green amid the snow. It just keeps reminding me that spring is on the way when I can't stand winter any more.

Plant the scotch broom where it will get plenty of sun and plenty of room to grow. I planted mine too close to my walkway and now I have to move it. I am hoping someone out there has successfully moved a broom and can tell me how to do this. It has to be moved within the next 4 days, before I go back to school.

If I get no answers, I will just cut it back a couple of feet, move it, and hope for the best.


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Clayton, California
Seaside, California
Bogart, Georgia
Middleboro, Massachusetts
Apex, North Carolina
Williamsburg, Ohio
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Sour Lake, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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