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Scotch Broom, Common Broom, False Heather 'Allgold'

Cytisus x praecox

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




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

South Jordan, Utah

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


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, an... read more