Cytisus scoparius

Family Fabaceae

Species Profile

Species classification Invasive [Weeds of National Significance; NSW's Noxious Weeds]
Common namesBroom, Common Broom, English Broom, Scotch Broom, Scottish Broom, Spanish Broom
SynonymsCytisus scoparius (L.) Link f. scoparius; Cytisus scoparius (L.) Link subsp. scoparius; Cytisus scoparius (L.) Link var. scoparius; Cytisus scoparius f. sulphureus (Goldring) Rehder; Cytisus scoparius var. andreanus (Puiss.) Dippel; Cytisus scoparius var. prostratus (C.Bailey) F.Hanb. ex A.K.Jacks.; Cytisus scoparius var. sulphureus Goldring; Genista andreana Puiss.; Sarothamnus scoparius (L.) Wimm. ex W.D.J.Koch; Sarothamnus scoparius var. prostratus C.Bailey; Spartium scoparium L.
Growth formShrub
Seed dispersal morphologyBallistic
Maximum height (m)4
Capable of vegetative reproductionNo
Native rangeAsia, Europe, Atlantic Ocean Islands
Exotic range (Australia)NSW, SA, TAS, VIC
Exotic range (other)Asia, North America, Oceania, Pacific Ocean Islands, southern Africa, South America
Habitat types (exotic)Coastal vegetation/sand dunes, Disturbed areas (including trails), Dry sclerophyll forest, Grasslands, Heathlands, Pasture s, Riparian systems, Roadsides, Scrublands/shrublands, Thickets, Urban areas, gardens and parks, Wastelands, Wet sclerophyll forest, Woodlands
Soil type (exotic)Acidic, Fertile, Most soil types
Decade of introduction1800

National Climate Change Impact

Invasive Class 3

The area of suitable habitat and the habitat suitability of observations, for this species, are projected to decrease or remain the same under RCP 8.5 2065 compared to current climate suitability.

Maps of Habitat Suitability & Recorded Occurrences

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Current suitable habitat

2035 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

2065 suitable habitat
(RCP 8.5)

Recorded occurrences

Recorded occurrences


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