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Cytisus decumbens - (Durande) Spach

Common Name Prostrate Broom
Family Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 5-8
Known Hazards Can cause paralysis or death in extreme cases [1-2].
Habitats Central France to Albania and southern Italy, on open hillsides.
Range Native to Europe.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Cytisus decumbens Prostrate Broom

Cytisus decumbens Prostrate Broom


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Physical Characteristics

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Cytisus decumbens is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Genista pedunculata subsp. decumbens (Durande) Gams. Genista prostrata Lam. Spartium decumbens Durande.


Edible Uses

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Soil stabilization

Nitrogen fixer. Groundcover. A reasonable groundcover shrub with a medium density. Invertebrates shelter: beneficial for insects and other arthropods. Nectary: provides nectar or pollen for beneficial insects [1-2]. Container gardening. Erosion control.

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife  Food Forest  Ground Cover  Nitrogen Fixer


Cultivation details

A flowering deciduous shrub with branching stems that are wiry and hairy leaves. Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade. Soil Type: Sandy, Loamy. Soil Moisture: Dry, Moderate. Soil pH: 5.0 - 8.0. Drought: Tolerant. Root Type: Fibrous ShallowGrowth Rate: Moderate. Life Span: Short. Form: Prostrate. Texture: Medium. Fungal Types: Endomycorrhizal. Seasonal Interest: Spring-Summer. Notes: This plant needs good drainage but is tolerant of nutrient-poor soils. Fruit Type: Pod. Flower Color: Yellow. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8. Flood: Sensitive.Salt: Intolerant. Soil Compaction: Intolerant. Cold Injury: Infrequent. Wind Storm Damage: Infrequent. Disease Issues: Minor. Insect/Pest Damage: Minor. Animal Damage: Deer. Bloom Time: Late Spring - Early Summer [318-1]. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. A clumping mat former. Forming a dense prostrate carpet with a limited spread [1-2].


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Other Names

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Broom, Local Common Names: Norway: Krypgyvel. Sweden: Krypginst.

Found In

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Albania, Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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