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PlantFiles: Scotch Broom
Cytisus 'Lena'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cytisus (SIT-is-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Lena

Synonym:Cytisus scoparius

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Glojo40 On Sep 23, 2013, Glojo40 from Freeville, NY wrote:

Not sure if leaves are supposed to drop in the fall or if deer or rabbits are doing it. Nothing appears to have been nibbled.

Positive DuncanAnder On Jun 27, 2005, DuncanAnder from Spring Lake, NJ wrote:

The Lena variety is spectacular. It has grown well. I am trying to find information on pruning. The heavy stems are falling to the ground.


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

Albany, California
Denver, Colorado
Hazlet, New Jersey
Freeville, New York
Riverhead, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Urbanna, Virginia

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