• 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

Moroccan broom

  • Other common names Moroccan broom
    pineapple broom

  • Synonyms Cytisus battandieri

  • Family Fabaceae

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

  • Details A. battandieri is a medium-sized deciduous shrub of rounded habit with trifoliate silvery-grey leaves which are very silky when young. Flowers yellow, in erect clusters to 12cm in length, scented of pineapple

  • Plant range Morocco

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Toxicity All parts, especially the seeds, may cause mild stomach upset if ingested

  • 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

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Will grow in any well-drained soil in full sun; thrives in poor acid soil but is lime tolerant

Propagation Propagate by semi-ripe or hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders Drought Resistant City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants

How to care

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

Pests Generally pest free but may be affected by gall mites

Diseases May be affected by honey fungus or waterlogging

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