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Cytisus x praecox 'Albus' (Broom 'Albus')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
1.2m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Cytisus x praecox 'Albus'

Other names

Broom 'Albus'

Genus

Cytisus Cytisus

Variety or Cultivar

'Albus' _ 'Albus' is a rounded, compact, deciduous shrub with long, arching shoots. Clusters of white flowers in mid to late spring are followed by silky, grey-green, palmate leaves.


Cytisus x praecox 'Albus' is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Compact, Dense, Rounded

Toxicity

All parts (including the seeds) may cause mild stomach upset if eaten.

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Do not cut into old wood.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Cytisus x praecox 'Albus' (Broom 'Albus') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1.2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, free-draining soil in a sunny position. Will thrive in poor, acid soils. Suitable for a rockery.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Cytisus x praecox 'Albus'

Other names

Broom 'Albus'

Genus

Cytisus Cytisus

Variety or Cultivar

'Albus' _ 'Albus' is a rounded, compact, deciduous shrub with long, arching shoots. Clusters of white flowers in mid to late spring are followed by silky, grey-green, palmate leaves.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Compact, Dense, Rounded

Toxicity

All parts (including the seeds) may cause mild stomach upset if eaten.


Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Do not cut into old wood.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Cytisus x praecox 'Albus' (Broom 'Albus') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1.2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, free-draining soil in a sunny position. Will thrive in poor, acid soils. Suitable for a rockery.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Cytisus x praecox 'Albus' (Broom 'Albus')

Common pest name

Japanese long scale; Japanese maple scale; Long scale; Japanese; Pear white scale

Scientific pest name

Lopholeucaspis japonica

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Regulated only on Citrus at present; regulation on other hosts needs to be considered. Only likely to be a pest under glass in UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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