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Cytisus proliferus  L. f.
Tree lucerne
Cytisus proliferus is a shrub that is not native to California.
There is a high risk of this plant becoming invasive in California according to Cal-IPC.
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Observation Search
~6 records in California
redone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Genus: Cytisus
Family: Fabaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: escaped cultivar
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

Alternate Names:
JEFChamaecytisus proliferus
inatChamaecytisus prolifer
PLANTSChamaecytisus prolifera
Information about  Cytisus proliferus from other sources

[Wikipedia] Canary Islands native: Cytisus proliferus, tagasaste or tree lucerne, is a small spreading evergreen tree that grows 3?4 m (10?13 ft) high. It is a well known fertilizer tree. It is a member of the Fabaceae (pea) family[3] and is indigenous to the dry volcanic slopes of the Canary Islands,[4] but it is now grown in Australia, New Zealand and many other parts of the world as a fodder crop. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

[Cal-IPC] Invasive: Cytisus proliferus (tagasaste) is a shrub (family Fabaceae) with white flowers and oval-shaped leaves found in the San Francisco Bay area and south coast ranges of California. It is native to the Canary Islands. It occurs in dunes and grasslands. Its seeds spread via ants, birds, slashing, dumped garden waste and machinery. It also resprouts after fire. Cal-IPC Rating: Watch (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 04/22/2024).