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Sister Redhead® Scotch Broom Cytisus scoparius

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 8
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
  • Mature Size
    • 36 - 48 Inches
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ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Sister Redhead® Scotch Broom Cytisus scoparius
Sun 36 - 48

Features

True red blooms for spring.

Sister Redhead® Scotch broom becomes a blaze of bright red pea-shaped flowers in spring. Each intricate bloom is dotted with a tiny beak of yellow, just enough to deepen the red and really make it pop. This spring bloomer is especially when paired with colorful spring blooming bulbs like daffodils, tulips, and crocus. Sister Redhead Scotch broom loves sunny, dry conditions, which these bulbs also like, so pairing them together works visually as well as horticulturally! After blooming, wiry green stems are covered in tiny leaves, which provide a unique textural effect. We do not recommend this plant for the Northwest. 

Top reasons to grow Sister Redhead® Scotch broom:

- Dramatic spring flowers in a deep, unforgettable red.

- Very deer resistant.

- Thrives in hot, sunny sites.

Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Resists: 
Deer

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
36 - 48 Inches
Spacing: 
36 - 48 Inches
Spread: 
36 - 48 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Red
Flower Shade: 
Red
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Mid Spring
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Water Category: 
Low
Needs Good Drainage
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Poor Soil
Uses: 
Border Plant
Uses: 
Cut Flower
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Mass Planting
Uses: 
Specimen or Focal Point
Uses Notes: 

This upright Scotch broom has a distinctive broom-like silhouette that makes it a striking textural accent in garden beds and landscaping planting. Needs full sun and well-drained soil.

Maintenance Notes: 

Needs very well-drained soils, especially during periods of cold temperatures. Mostly maintenance-free, but if it does look a bit scruffy, you can give it a light trim after it blooms in spring.

Sister Redhead® Cytisus scoparius 'SMNCSAB' USPPAF
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