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There are many fine Cytisus hybrids, most derived partly from C. x praecox, the familiar and free-flowering spring shrub, itself a hybrid which appeared in a garden in 1867. The latest varieties are noted for their rich colouring, nearly always including cream or yellow, but with varying amounts of red or orange shades on parts of the complex pea-shaped flowers. 'Lena' is a very attractive shapely variety, in a combination of deep red, pale yellow and red/yellow stripes. Annual trimming prolongs the life of these short-lived shrubs. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: Red, Yellow
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Experienced
Time to take cuttings: June to July
This is a beautiful plant that has made it's home in my front garden. It flowered for the first time this year but did not last for long. So Love It.
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