Cytisus scoparius

Family (Traditional)Fabaceae
Species:Cytisus scoparius Link
Common NameBroom; Common Broom; Scotch Broom; Scots Broom; Yellow Broom
Growth Habitshrub
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Woody; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: shrub; Moisture Requirements: Sub-xeric; Moisture Requirements: Dry-mesic; Region of Origin: Europe; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: compound; Leaf Dissection: 1; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: petiolate; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaf Venation: ternate; Leaflet Margins: ciliate; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 3; Base Flower Color: Red; Base Flower Color: Yellow; Fruit Complexity: Simple; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Legume; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: Yes; Inflorescence Types: raceme; Inflorescence Types: solitary; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Zygomorphic; Perianth Present: Yes; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Parietal; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 10
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; TN[SNA] (State Rank); GNR (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


No synonyms exist for this species.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Fayette (KY), Jefferson (KY), Blount (TN), Clay (TN), Grundy (TN), Hamilton (TN), Knox (TN), Polk (TN), Putnam (TN), Sequatchie (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: BEREA, TENN, APSC, HTTU, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: -

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
TENN-V-0124207 Grundy Tennessee
Cytisus scoparius
TENN-V-0124210 Polk Tennessee
Cytisus scoparius
UCHT016500 Hamilton Tennessee
Cytisus scoparius
UCHT016499 Sequatchie Tennessee
Cytisus scoparius
UCHT016501 Hamilton Tennessee
Cytisus scoparius
TENN-V-0124211 Sequatchie Tennessee
Cytisus scoparius
APSC0086753 Jefferson Kentucky
Cytisus scoparius
TENN-V-0124209 Knox Tennessee
Cytisus scoparius
TENN-V-0124205 Blount Tennessee
Cytisus scoparius
HTTU023831 Putnam Tennessee
Cytisus scoparius
BEREA013393 Fayette Kentucky
Cytisus scoparius
TENN-V-0124206 Clay Tennessee
Cytisus scoparius
TENN-V-0124208 Grundy Tennessee
Cytisus scoparius
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