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Cytisus × beanii Dallim.

Modern name

Cytisus × beanii G.Nicholson

A deciduous, semi-prostrate shrub 6 to 18 in. high, twice or thrice as wide, with round, slightly grooved, slender branches, hairy when young, afterwards glabrous. Leaves simple, linear, about 12 in. long, hairy. Flowers produced singly, in pairs, or in threes at each joint of the previous summer’s growth, deep golden yellow, forming charming sprays of blossom up to 1 ft in length. Bot. Mag., n.s., t. 366.

A chance hybrid raised at Kew in 1900, and first noticed in a bed of seedlings of C. ardoinii. The pollen parent was evidently C. purgans, which it resembles in leaf and stem; its semi-prostrate habit it inherits from C. ardoinii. It flowers in May, and is then one of the prettiest of dwarf brooms; it is, however, at its best when two or three years old.



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