Broom - Cytisus scoparius


Much branched erect shrub to 2 metres with angled slender green branches and no spines. Flowers golden yellow 16 to 18 mm in leafy spikes and scented. Seed pod 25 to 40 mm black when ripe.

Identification difficulty

Dry sunny habitats, usually at low altitude.

When to see it

April to June.

Life History


UK Status

Quite common nationally.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 124 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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