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Sep 5, 2022 6:01 PM CST
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Name: Nancy
Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Allgold Broom

Cytisus x praecox 'Allgold'
Pea Family (Fabaceae)

This small bush was so wonderfully fragrant, I had to look up more about it. And I don't know how they managed to get it to not die during our winters, unless it's kept in a greenhouse and then moved out in spring for the warmer season. I would have found a spot in my yard just for the fragrance.

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Sep 5, 2022 6:02 PM CST
Name: Abigail (Grill)
South Dakota (Zone 5a)
Autumn has come!
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What a pretty yellow banner!
for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I will sing for joy.
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Sep 5, 2022 8:37 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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So cheerful!!
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Sep 6, 2022 10:54 AM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6b)
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So pretty! Is it a Spring bloomer?
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Sep 6, 2022 12:10 PM CST
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Name: Nancy
Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Yes, that photo was taken April 12th this year. The crocuses were still open and some things hadn't started leafing out yet, so I'd say early spring, at least for my zone.

Edit: Here's some info I found about it at Monrovia's site:
https://www.monrovia.com/allgo...
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Sep 6, 2022 1:06 PM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Nancy - I grow Genista 'Bangles' very successfully here in my 4b garden. Brooms are very hardy and pretty much the only difference is that Cytisus doesn't like lime/chalky soils but Genista does Thumbs up
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Sep 6, 2022 1:10 PM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
Region: Canadian Peonies Irises Daylilies Hybridizer Bulbs
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This pic is of one of the plants this Spring
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If you don't think Cytisus will work in your soil do go and buy a Genista Thumbs up
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Sep 6, 2022 1:27 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Nancy
Northeastern Illinois (Zone 5b)
Hummingbirder Birds Bird Bath, Fountain and Waterfall Hydrangeas Adeniums Daylilies
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When I looked it up and saw Zone 6 for the coldest, I started wondering how they got it to live here. I've seen a few sites now list Chicago as Zone 6a, and further away from the lake is 5b, so wonder if it's not just global warming at work and it really can survive in Zone 5 (or what used to be Zone 5). Your variety, Genista 'Bangles', seems much more cold hardy, down to Zone 2. Is it as fragrant as Allgold? I'll have to look into these more!
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Sep 6, 2022 6:02 PM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
Region: Canadian Peonies Irises Daylilies Hybridizer Bulbs
Seller of Garden Stuff Plant and/or Seed Trader Bee Lover Birds Keeper of Koi
To be honest Nancy - I've never got down that low to smell it Rolling on the floor laughing
I will check it out next Spring Thumbs up
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