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The familiar vivid-yellow, pea-like flowers of broom.

Genus, similar to Cytisus, of about 90 species of mainly deciduous, sometimes spiny shrubs and occasionally trees found in habitats ranging from pasture and moorland to cliffs and rocky places in Europe, the Mediterranean and western Asia.

UK natives are the rare petty whin, G. anglica, more common in Scotland, and G. tinctoria, dyer's greenweed from rough pasture mainly in the south of England.

A third, G. pilosa, hairy greenweed is a rare species found in Wales and west and south Cornwall.

Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - shrubs and occasionally trees
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - similar to Cytisus. Grown for their small, pea-like flowers.
  • Pests & Diseases - aphids.
  • Place of origin - Europe, Mediterranean, western Asia.
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Soil Conditions - Medium to light, fertile, well drained soil -
Genista - Growing Guide

Buy Varieties of GENISTA

GENISTA hispanica

GENISTA hispanica  >

Commonly known as: Spanish gorse.
forms compact, spiny mound. Yellow, scented flowers
individually £12.50 each, 3+ £10.00 each


GENISTA lydia  >

Slender branches with golden yellow flowers. Low growing
£14.00 each
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