Ground covers, Shrubs, Flowers
The various species are native to central, southern, and eastern Europe. Leaves are often small and short-lived. Green branches give these deciduous plants an evergreen look. Flowers are yellow (rarely white or pink) and sweet pea shaped.
Less aggressive than other brooms (see Cytisus); the species listed here are not invasive. Smaller kinds are attractive in rock gardens and bank plantings. These shrubs tolerate rocky or infertile soil. Need good drainage.
From the eastern Balkans and western Asia. Nearly leafless shrub, often erroneously sold as Cytisus lydia. Grows slowly to 1–2 ft. tall and 3–4 ft. wide; low-arching branches make it a good groundcover. Bears a profuse show of bright yellow blossoms at the tips of shoots in late spring. Sets few seeds.
Native to the Pyrenees. Tongue-shaped, shiny green leaves to 1 1/2 in. long form a foot-wide rosette o...
From the eastern Balkans and western Asia. Nearly leafless shrub, often erroneously sold as C...
Native to Japan and Korea. Can be a big multistemmed shrub or—with training—a small tree t...