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Genista pilosa 'Procumbens'
  • RHS AGM

creeping broom

A prostrate deciduous shrub to 20cm high, with spreading branches and small, dark green leaves with a silvery covering of fine hairs beneath. Produces clusters of small, bright yellow flowers in late spring and early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green
Summer Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Genista are deciduous, sometimes spiny, shrubs or small trees with small, simple or trifoliate leaves and solitary, racemose or clustered, pea-like yellow flowers which are sometimes fragrant

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grows well in light, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Ideal for a rock garden or alpine house

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in autumn or spring, or by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Banks and slopes
  • Garden edging
  • Ground cover
Pruning

Pruning group 1; do not cut back into old wood

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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