Plant ID forum: Bush ID please

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NCRAS
Nov 18, 2017 9:02 PM CST
This bush has yellow flowers and I am pretty certain it is drought tolerant.

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Yorkshirelass
Nov 19, 2017 10:42 AM CST
It looks like Cytisus battandieri, - Pineapple or Moroccan broom
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Nov 19, 2017 11:12 AM CST

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Cytisus battandieri, synonym for Pineapple Broom (Argyrocytisus battandieri)
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Silversurfer
Nov 19, 2017 11:25 AM CST
Argyrocytisus_battandieri... Cytisus battandieri, - Pineapple or Moroccan broom, has wonderful leaves that are soft and silver.
I am not seeing this in the pics.

http://www.newwoodtrees.co.uk/...

I was wondering about Cytisus spachianus.. common names....Sweet broom/Easter Broom....with angular stems.

Synonym: Genista fragrans, Cytisus racemosus, Genista racemosa, Genista spachiana

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islander
Nov 19, 2017 4:11 PM CST
I agree. looks more like a Cytisus than Argyrocytisus
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NCRAS
Nov 19, 2017 9:19 PM CST
A couple of close ups of the leaves. May have to wait for spring on this one. I am pretty certain that the flowers are both plentiful and small.
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The following link provided by Silversurfer most closely resembles what I remember the bush looking like.
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Nov 21, 2017 12:57 AM CST
French Broom- Genista monspessulana is a horrible pest here in the Santa Cruz mountains...
http://wric.ucdavis.edu/inform...
It's possible it could also be Scotch Broom- Cytisus scoparius...
http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTN...
Both are prolific self-sowers and invasive, and I think the flowers on Scotch Broom are a deeper yellow. French Broom is often mis-identified as Scotch Broom. I believe a lot of pictures of Scotch Broom online, as well as the database here are incorrect..
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Silversurfer
Nov 21, 2017 4:00 AM CST
NCRAS.
Id from pics can be hard. There are many factors to concider.
Size /shape of leaves.
Is shrub evergreen or does it lose the leaves in winter..deciduous.
You may be safer to wait until next year to see when it flowers and what the flowers look like.

A few facts below for you to concider.
Which may just be even more confusing!


Cytisus x spachianus
It is an evergreen that gets to be 10 to 20 ft high, very leafy and luxuriant in habit. Its young shoots are hairy and somewhat ribbed. Leaves composed of three obovate leaflets 1⁄3 to 3⁄4 in. long, mostly rounded at the end, wedge-shaped at the base; they are scarcely stalked themselves but are borne on a common stalk about 1⁄4 in. long; dark green and glabrous above and covered with silky appressed down beneath.
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Genista monspessulana....
The leaves are evergreen, trifoliate with three narrow obovate leaflets, 1–2 centimetres (0.39–0.79 in) long
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Cytisus scoparius......

The shrubs have green shoots with small deciduous trifoliate leaves 5–15 mm long,
In winter it would look bare .
I would expect to see dry brown seed pods.
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