• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Cytisus 'Hollandia'

Broom 'Hollandia'

Broom 'Hollandia'

© � RHS 1999

  • Other common names Broom 'Hollandia'

  • Genus Cytisus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, ranging from prostrate to erect and almost tree-like, with small, simple or 3-parted leaves and pea-like flowers spring or summer

  • Family Papilionaceae / Papilionaceae

  • Species 'Hollandia' is a small deciduous shrub with slender green shoots and small leaves. Flowers cream with wings and back of standard petal crimson


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity All parts, especially the seeds, may cause mild stomach upset if ingested



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Best grown in well-drained, poor acid soils in full sun. Tolerant of lime but may become chlorotic on shallow chalk soils. Brooms resent transplanting

Propagation Semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or early autumn and hardwood cuttings in midwinter

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1 or pruning group 3 but do not cut into old wood

Pests Broom gall mites may be a problem

Diseases Can be affected by honey fungus and waterlogging

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