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Argyrocytisus battandieri 'Yellow Tail'
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broom 'Yellow Tail'

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

Synonyms
Cytisus battandieri 'Yellow Tail'
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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Yellow Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
All parts including seed are toxic by ingestion. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

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
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
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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