The Q&A Archives: Is All Scotch Broom Invasive

Question: I recently bought a Scotch Broom plant from a local nursery. I later was told by someone else that the Scotch Broom is actually a noxious weed which is not allowed in several states because of its spreading capabilities.
My plant is flowering with very pale yellow/white blooms. Is it a safe plant or will it make my neighbors upset when it spreads to their yards?

Answer: It's true that some forms of Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) are very agressive and noxious, but there are plenty of varieties that are well-behaved -- low-growing forms (maximum height 5-8') with colorful foliage. Prune the spent blossoms to eliminate seed pods, and trim the shoots to keep your broom in bounds. If you aren't sure about the growth habit of the variety you purchased, check back with the nursery to find out more, or send us another question via the Q&A site so we can advise you.

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