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Sister Rosie® Scotch Broom Cytisus scoparius

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 8
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
  • Mature Size
    • 24 - 36 Inches
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ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Sister Rosie® Scotch Broom Cytisus scoparius
Sun 24 - 36

Features

A whole painter's palette of colors in every bloom.

Sister Rosie® Scotch broom brings more to your garden: more color, more flowers, more texture! In spring, the plant springs back to life with hundreds of pea-shaped flowers in dusky pink with red and yellow lips. Nothing else looks quite like it, and it is especially when paired with colorful spring blooming bulbs like daffodils, tulips, and crocus. 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 Rosie® Scotch broom:

- Multiple true, rich colors in every bloom.

- 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: 
24 - 36 Inches
Spacing: 
24 - 36 Inches
Spread: 
24 - 36 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Pink
Flower Colors: 
Red
Flower Colors: 
Yellow
Flower Shade: 
Yellow and 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 Rosie® Cytisus scoparius 'SMNCSDRY' USPPAF
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