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Cytisus × praecox 'Allgold' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

All parts, especially the seeds, may cause mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

broom 'Allgold'

Family

Papilionaceae


Cytisus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, ranging from prostrate to erect and almost tree-like, with small, simple or 3-parted leaves and pea-like flowers spring or summer

'Allgold' is a free-flowering deciduous small shrub of bushy, dense habit, with small, mostly simple leaves, silky when young. Flowers bright deep yellow, in late spring

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Will grow in any well-drained soil in full sun. Thrives in poor acid soil but may become chlorotic on shallow chalk soil. Resents transplanting

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid or Alkaline
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Drought Resistant, Coastal, Flower borders and beds or Gravel Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1, but do not cut into old wood

Pests

May be affected by gall mites

Diseases

Generally disease free