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Cytisus × beanii
  • RHS AGM

Bean's broom

A semi-prostrate shrub, to 35cm high, with simple, linear green leaves and rich yellow flowers along the green branches in late spring or 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 or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Cytisus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, ranging from prostrate to erect and almost tree-like, with small, simple or 3-parted leaves and pea-like flowers spring or summer

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Plant young plants in full sun in well-drained soil; grows better in poor soils rather than rich soils

Propagation

Propagate by heeled semi-ripe cuttings of lateral shoots in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Rock garden
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 3. Little or no pruning required but may be cut back after flowering to keep it compact

Pests

May be affected by broom gall mites

Diseases

May be affected by honey fungus

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