Evergreen; stems are distinctly 5-ridged, with leaves that are 3-parted. Stems may be leafless much of the year. Fruit pods are flattened with hairs mostly at seams. Pea-like flowers, not fragrant, vary from yellow to red in color and occur single or paired. French broom blooms before Scotch broom, Spanish broom flowers late in summer when Scotch broom is nearly done flowering.
Open disturbed sites, roadsides, paastures, grasslands, oak woodlands, riparian corridors and open forests.
- Mature Height:
- Target Audience:
- ODA Listing:
- Plant Look Alikes:
- Other brooms
- Plant Impacts:
- Form dense stands that often displace native vegetation and wildlife. When a stand infests a forested area it increases potential fire hazard. It also hinders conifers from reestablishing.
- Plant Links:
- Bugwood entry for Cytisus spp.
- CWMA Actions List:
- containment and removal from priority areas only