• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Argyrocytisus battandieri 'Yellow Tail'

broom 'Yellow Tail'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
broom 'Yellow Tail'

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  • Other common names broom 'Yellow Tail'

  • Synonyms Cytisus battandieri 'Yellow Tail'

  • Family Papilionaceae

  • Genus Argyrocytisus is a deciduous shrub, native to Morocco, with 3-parted leaves and yellow flowers in erect racemes

  • Details 'Yellow Tail' is a medium-sized deciduous shrub of rounded habit, with leaves composed of three elliptic leaflets, silky when young; light yellow, pineapple-scented flowers in erect racemes up to 17cm long open in late summer

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Toxicity All parts including seed are toxic by ingestion

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Best grown in well-drained, poor acid soils in full sun and can be located in an open but not exposed situation. Tolerant of lime but may become chlorotic on shallow chalk soils. Resents transplanting

Propagation Semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or early autumn and hardwood cuttings in midwinter

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning pruning group 1, pruning group 3 or pruning group 13 if wall-trained

Pests Generally trouble free

Diseases Can be susceptible to honey fungus and waterlogging

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