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Purple Broom

Cytisus purpureus

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Purple Broom (Cytisus purpureus) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

Purple Broom flowers

Purple Broom flowers

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Purple Broom (Cytisus purpureus) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

Purple Broom in bloom

Purple Broom in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3b


A functional yet quite attractive low shrub when in bloom, with spreading branches smothered in purplish-pink flowers in late spring; somewhat diminutive the rest of the year but not unattractive; extremely tough and durable, makes a great groundcover

Ornamental Features

Purple Broom is smothered in stunning purple pea-like flowers with pink overtones along the branches in late spring. It has bluish-green deciduous foliage. The small compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The lime green stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Broom is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Purple Broom is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Purple Broom will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for clay, alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Texture  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features