Cytisus hollandia - Knowledgebase Question

Oaklyn, NJ
Question by scottsgrass
March 26, 2000
Please send some info on Cytisus Hollandia or hollandia broom. We have one and dont know what to do with it. Please help?!


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Answer from NGA
March 26, 2000

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Cytisus praecox 'Hollandia', or Hollandia Broom is hardy to
Zone 6 It's a deciduous shrub, growing 3-5' high and 4-6' wide. Compared to most brooms it has a compact growth habit, developing into a mounding mass of pink flowers in April-May.

Brooms have whip-like branches with few leaves and the branchlets are deep green. They produce pea-like flowers that are usually colored yellow, but there are pink varieties such as your C. hollandia. Brooms can live in a wide variety of soils, though they prefer dry, poor soil. They can tolerate a slightly acidic or alkaline soil, but not the extremes. They won't thrive in shallow soil over limestone. They can handle quite a bit of heat. Provide excellent drainage and shelter from wind. Pruning consists of simply pinching back the shoots each year to encourage bushiness.

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