Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Scotch Broom - Cytisus scoparius   (L.) Link
Members of Fabaceae:
Only member of Cytisus in NC.
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DistributionMostly Piedmont and Sandhills, less frequent in the Mountains and Coastal Plain.

Native of southern Europe; in N.A. mostly in East Coast and West Coast states.
AbundanceUncommon to infrequent throughout, except rare in the Coastal Plain and Outer Banks (Roanoke Island).
HabitatDry soils of roadsides, roadbanks, fields, clearings, disturbed areas.
PhenologyFlowering April-June.
IdentificationScotch Broom is a shrub 3-7 feet tall with dark green, strongly ascending branches. The main stem usually produces gray-brown bark with striations. Flowers are numerous along branches, bright yellow to golden yellow and more than an inch long. When in full bloom, a bush of this species has truly uncountable numbers of flowers, seemingly over the entire plant from top to bottom.
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State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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B.A. SorrieCentral Chile roadside, December 2016. Flowers. RichmondPhoto_non_natural
B.A. SorrieDisturbed area, Sandhills Game Land, 30 May 2015. Fruits, RichmondPhoto_non_natural
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