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Cytisus x praecox is a familiar and free-flowering spring shrub, a hybrid which appeared in a garden in 1867. In spring the species becomes a tumbling mass of creamy yellow flowers in great abundance, while the choice form 'Allgold' is even more spectacular, its blooms a rich golden yellow. The young plants produce a tousled shock of stems, which, like the leaves, are a silky grey-green. The plants make ornamental small shrubs for filling in borders. They are short-lived, but annual trimming prolongs their life, keeping them dense and compact and improving flowering. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Species: x praecox
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Dry, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: June to August
I introduced this into my garden this year and wanted to know if there was anything I should do with it over winter? Should I prune to encourage more growth, if so when and how much?Thanks.