Broom (Cytisus oromediterraneus)

Cytisus oromediterraneus

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El Cytisus oromediterraneus it is a densely branched shrub that produces striking yellow flowers. Its height does not exceed two meters, so it is ideal as a plant for the edges of the paths or to color the terrace or patio.

Its maintenance is also not difficult, since it is a species that, as long as it has sun and water, will be very happy and healthy 🙂. Do you want to know her better?

Origin and characteristics

Cytisus oromediterraneus flowers

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Our protagonist, popularly known as piorno or serrano piorno, is a shrub native to the Mediterranean region. In Spain we find it above all in the Sierras de Guadarrama, Gredos, Paramera de Ávila, La Serrota, Sistema Ibérico, Montes de León and the Pyrenees.

It grows in dense bushes with a cushiony and highly branched appearance, with very thin stems, less than 0,5 cm thick, from which barely visible green leaves sprout. The flowers are yellow, aromatic (they emit a smell similar to honey), and they sprout in spring-summer.

Uses

It is used to make roofs in huts, as well as fuel for furnaces. Beds are also made for cattle with its branches.

What are their cares?

Cytisus oromediterraneus plant

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If you want to have a copy of Cytisus oromediterraneus, we recommend that you provide the following care:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun.
  • Earth:
    • Flowerpot: it is advisable to put a first layer of volcanic sand (pumice, akadama, or similar) and then finish filling with universal culture substrate.
    • Garden: grows in fertile soils, with good drainage.
  • Irrigation: it has to be watered 3 or 4 times a week in summer, and 1 or 2 times a week the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: from the beginning of spring to the end of summer it can be paid with Organic fertilizers.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in spring. They have to be introduced 1 second in a glass with boiling water and 24 hours in another glass with water at room temperature. After that time, they are sown in pots or seedling trays.
  • Planting or transplanting time: in spring. If it is potted, transplant every two years.
  • Rusticity: resistant up to -7ºC.

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