Taxon  Report   2601    
Cytisus scoparius  (L.) Link
Scotch broom,  Scotchbroom
Cytisus scoparius
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Cytisus scoparius
© 2017 Bill Bogdanoff
Cytisus scoparius
© 2008 Zoya Akulova
Cytisus scoparius, a dicot, is a shrub that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: High

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Cytisus scoparius
© 2018 Rachel Kesel
Family: FABACEAE  
Genus: Cytisus
Toxicity: MINOR
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Cytisus scoparius var. andreanus
ICPN: Cytisus scoparius var. scoparius
More information about  Cytisus scoparius
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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website references from Google

Scotch Broom Removal (YouTube):  Oregon State University Extension Service

Scotch Broom Smack Down!:  Oregon State University Extension Service

FEIS: DISTRIBUTION AND OCCURRENCE:  "Scotch broom was introduced to California as an ornamental in the 1850s, was widely used for roadside erosion control in the early 1900s, and was recognized as a problem in California in the 1930s"

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Dec 15, 2018).