Cytisus scoparius

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaFabaceaeCytisusCytisus scoparius

Ecology

C. scoparius subsp. scoparius is an erect shrub of sandy acidic soils, on heaths, open woodland, railway banks, stony riversides and, particularly, on roadside banks and verges where it may often be planted. The prostrate subsp. maritimus grows on western sea-cliffs. Generally lowland, but reaching 640 m in Atholl (E. Perth).

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

Broad Habitats

Boundary and linear features (eg hedges, roadsides, walls)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 4

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1085

Height (cm): 200

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Nanophanerophyte

Woodiness

Woody

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2288

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 553

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 10

Atlas Change Index: 0

Weighted Changed Factor: -21

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

14

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003214