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I have just returned from Walton on naze and saw this shrub growing on a caravan site.The flowers are groups of small wisteria looking yellow flowers which look like small pineapples and it has a sweet pineapple smell.The leaves are hairy and silvery green on individual stems growing from new growth so not woody but has some older woody stems.The shrubs were aprox 2-3 metres high.Does anyone know what this plant is.the leaves grow in groups of 3 on a stem and are oval in shape aprox 7 centimetres long but vary.
Cytisus battandieri http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/may/02/scented-honey-suckle sometimes known as Pineapple broom.
It's a lovely plant - and what a good description!!!
Dove I think you got the wrong link on there by accident? (Only know cos I tried to see what it looked like)
http://www.northwestgardennews.com/id170.html has a good picture. It's lovely.
Oops definitely not a honeysuckle I Habe a picture but don't know how to upload it on this forum as I am new to this site.
Thankyou Sarah 4 for the link and yes that is definitely the plant I saw.I was thinking of buying one for my Garden but reading the info on it it would seem to be a fast growing shrub which may overtake the posisiton I had in mind.Really good info so thanks.Pineapple Broom.very appropriate.
The article I read does seem to imply it grows fast but does say it isn't a total thug ... I'm glad you described it and I'd really like one as well. I might get some seeds (1.50 for half a dozen on ebay) and if one grows I'll be so proud I won't mind it taking over the garden! If they all grow, expect a surprise parcel!
Sorry meant this one http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=5624 -
No, it's not a thug at all, it's a really lovely plant, quite easy to contain within it's space - go one, get one
Our local pub has one trained against a fence in the garden - sitting out there on a warm summer afternoon with a glass of something cool, listening to the bees buzzing and smelling the scent of pineapple - heaven