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Cytisus battandieri

Pineapple broom

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers, Scented flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

This tall Moroccan shrub or small tree was introduced as recently as 1922, and for a long time was thought less hardy than plants have proved. It is best grown with some shelter from cold winds and in full sun, and makes an excellent wall shrub, where its silky grey-green foliage, delicate and laburnum-like, looks effective against brickwork and can reach 5.5m (18ft). The golden pea-shaped flowers are gathered in large upright cones, and have a strong scent of pineapples. Also known as Argyrocytisus battandieri. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Cytisus

Species: battandieri

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 400cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to take cuttings: June to July


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