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Cytisus 'Lena'
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broom 'Lena'

'Lena' is a small, compact broom to 120cm, with a spread to 150cm. The very small leaves, and twigs, are mid-green. Flowers are a complex mix of red, yellow and orange shades, looking generally russet-orange from a distance. It flowers on upright or slightly arching twigs in late spring and early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Orange Red Yellow Green
Summer Green Green
Autumn Green Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
All parts, especially the seeds, are mildly toxic if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

Cytisus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, ranging from prostrate to erect and almost tree-like, with small, simple or 3-parted leaves and pea-like flowers spring or summer

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun, tolerant of a range of soils but best in poor acid soils. Plant directly from tubs when small as they resent transplanting

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 3 but do not cut back into old wood

Pests

Gall mites may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free

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