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PlantFiles: Scotch Broom
Cytisus scoparius 'Burkwoodii'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cytisus (SIT-is-us) (Info)
Species: scoparius (sko-PAIR-ee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Burkwoodii

11 members have or want this plant for trade.


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:
Flowers are fragrant
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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive shokami2 On May 22, 2008, shokami2 from Coos Bay, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a lovely bush. beautiful flowers in late spring, very hardy to what ever mother nature has afforded it. always green. Right now mine is about 5x5 and i love it! not at all invasive like the ordinary yellow scotch.

Positive berrygirl On Apr 17, 2006, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I submitted a pic of my year-old plant. The yellow and red blooms are pretty and long-lasting. This plant is really care-free and both drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. Mine is growing in part-shade and is not at all invasive like its kin. It has the surprising added bonus of fragrance!


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

Braselton, Georgia
Lexington, Kentucky
Glen Burnie, Maryland
Pikesville, Maryland
Brick, New Jersey
Ballston Spa, New York
Bellmore, New York
Brooklyn, New York
Byron, New York
Asheville, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio (2 reports)
Coos Bay, Oregon
Chantilly, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Urbanna, Virginia

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