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CYTISUS 'Zeelandia'

Image of Cytisus 'Zeelandia'

Family

Fabaceae

Botanical Name

CYTISUS 'Zeelandia'

Plant Common Name

Broom, Zeelandia Broom

General Description

Broom is a semi-evergreen shrub valued for its profusion of large, fragrant, pea flowers and named for its numerous, bright green, upright branches and long, rod-like, arching stems that crowd together and resemble a sweeping broom. This selection, ‘Zeelandia,’ produces sprays of creamy, lilac-peach flowers from mid-spring through midsummer that are highly attractive to bees. The flowers turn to hairy-edged green pods in fall that mature to black in winter.

Like most brooms, ‘Zeelandia’ is very drought-tolerant. It needs full sun and sandy soil with good drainage, and can be carefully raised in other soil types as long as they do not become soggy or compacted. Plant it as a specimen in mixed beds and borders or use it as a hedge on top of steep slopes and rough banks. The flowering stems are good for cutflower arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    5'-5' / 1.5m - 1.5m

  • Width

    5'-5' / 1.5m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Habit

    Narrow Upright/Fastigiate

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Light Pink, Peach

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • 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, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No