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Genista lydia (Lydian broom)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
1m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Genista lydia

Other names

Lydian broom, Lydia woadwaxen, Lydia broom, Woadwaxen, Spanish gorse, Lydia's broom, Dwarf broom, Cytisus lydia

Genus

Genista Genista

Species

G. lydia - G. lydia is a compact, domed to mound-forming, deciduous shrub with slender, arching or trailing branches bearing small, linear to elliptic, blue-green leaves and short racemes of pea-like, bright yellow flowers in early summer.


Genista lydia is: Deciduous

Habit

Compact, Cushion or Mound Forming, Domed

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Bright-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Blue-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Does not tolerate hard pruning.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Genista lydia (Lydian broom) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Gravel, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Plant in poor, well-drained soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Genista lydia

Other names

Lydian broom, Lydia woadwaxen, Lydia broom, Woadwaxen, Spanish gorse, Lydia's broom, Dwarf broom, Cytisus lydia

Genus

Genista Genista

Species

G. lydia - G. lydia is a compact, domed to mound-forming, deciduous shrub with slender, arching or trailing branches bearing small, linear to elliptic, blue-green leaves and short racemes of pea-like, bright yellow flowers in early summer.

Native to

Balkan Peninsula, Syria

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Compact, Cushion or Mound Forming, Domed

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Bright-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer; Blue-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Does not tolerate hard pruning.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Genista lydia (Lydian broom) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Gravel, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Plant in poor, well-drained soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, 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, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Genista lydia (Lydian broom)

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

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

3

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

4

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range detected in Corsica. Although EU regulated; there remains some concern about the risk of introduction. This subspecies is known to be able to thrive in cooler climates. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

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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