Cytisus x praecox 'Allgold'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (39203)

Plant details

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).

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Cytisus

Species: x praecox

Cultivar: Allgold

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

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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?

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