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CYTISUS 'Lena'

Image of Cytisus 'Lena'

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

CYTISUS 'Lena'

Plant Common Name

Broom, Lena Broom

General Description

Lena broom is lower growing and less aggressive than its Scotch broom cousins. Broom is a semi-evergreen shrub that is valued for its profusion of large, fragrant, pea flowers and named for its numerous, bright green, upright and arching branches and stems that resemble sweeping-brooms. This cultivar produces sprays of lemony-yellow flowers with ruby red from mid-spring through mid-summer that are highly attractive to bees. The flowers turn to hairy-edged green pods in fall, then mature to black in winter.

Broom is very drought tolerant and is best in a well-drained sandy soil but 'Lena' can be raised in other soils as long as they are never soggy. Plant as a specimen in a large container or mixed borders, or use as a hedge on top of steep slopes and rough banks. Flowers sprays also make nice cut-flower arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m (4)

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m (4)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Red, Lemon Yellow

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Brown, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes