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Spartium junceum AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Autumn and Summer

Fruit

Dark Brown in Autumn

Stem

Dark Green in

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Spanish broom

Family

Papilionaceae


Spartium are broom-like deciduous shrubs with slender green stems bearing sparse, small simple leaves and fragrant pea-like yellow flowers in terminal racemes in summer and early autumn

S. junceum is a vigorous, medium-sized open shrub with erect green broom-like shoots bearing fragrant bright yellow flowers 2.5cm in length, in terminal racemes to 45cm in length

Other common names

  • rush broom
  • weaver's broom

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing, East-facing or North-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Thrives on poor, well-drained soils in exposed, sunny sites and can become leggy in sheltered positions. Good for coastal situations and chalk but is not fully hardy in the UK

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in autumn or spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Wall-side Borders or Coastal


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 9

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free