Scotch broom

(Cytisus scoparius)

  • 3 - 10' tall and 3 1/2' wide
  • Blooms May to July
  • Flowers 1" long andpea-like
  • Flat seedpods burst open in late summer, throwing small black seeds
  • Leaves alternate, 1/2" - 1" wide, pinnately compound, dark green above, paler and fuzzy below
  • Stems slender, green, grooved and up to 2" wide; commonly without leaves and may appear "tangled"
  • Reproduces by seed
  • Taproot up to 24" deep

Known Distribution


There are few occurrences of this species documented in Colorado. View the knownNorth American Distribution Map.
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