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Cytisus 'Lena'


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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Red, Yellow





Skill level


photo by Adrian Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (37890)

Plant details

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).

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Cytisus

Cultivar: Lena

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Red, Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 120cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: June to July

Reader reviews


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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