Scotch Broom

 

Latin name:

Cytisus scoparius

Native to:

Central and western Europe

Regional Distribution:
Scotch Broom has been located South of Nakusp and in patches around the Shuswap lakes.
Report this weed with your location if you come across it!

Description:
Scotch Broom is a woody perennial that can grow up to 10 feet tall.
It has green trifoliate leaves and yellow flowers.  Green to black pods begin to develop and mature after flowering has occurred.

Control:
The best control is prevention and early action.
For recommended control methods please visit these resources: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/files/project/pdf/pnw103.pdf


Fun facts:
Scotch Broom is a member of the pea family (Fabaceae).
Its seeds can remain viable in the soil for up to 30 years and a single plant can live to be up to 20 years of age.