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Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)       

Closeup of Scotch Broom flower.
Closeup of Scotch Broom flower.

Scotch Broom is a perennial, leguminous shrub native to northwestern Europe, where it is found in sunny sites, usually on dry, sandy soils. The common name, Broom, is also used generically for other related species.

It has been widely introduced into other continents, and is regarded as a noxious invasive species in many places such as California and the Pacific Northwest in North America, and New Zealand. As an example, Oregon estimates that the species is responsible for $47 million in lost timber production each year. It is also known as Common Broom, European Broom, Scots Broom, Irish Broom, English Broom, and, controversially, "Scotch Broom", a spelling best avoided as it causes offence in Scotland. (From Wikipedia)

Scotch Broom bush before bloom. Photo Courtesy of Steve Dewey, Utah State University. www. invasive.org
Scotch Broom bush before bloom.
Photo Courtesy of Steve Dewey, Utah State University. www. invasive.org

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