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Genista tinctoria (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Genista tinctoria (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Zones 2B, 3-6, 14-17, 32, 34
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Genista lydia

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Ground covers, Shrubs, Flowers

GENISTA

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.

Genista lydia (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Genista lydia (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Genista lydia

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.

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