|Common Name:||Scotch broom|
|Method of Transportation:||Splitting seed pods can eject seeds up to 5 meters. Seeds can be spread on machinery and vehicles. Any disturbance activity can enhance spread.|
|Habitat/Range:||Escaped garden ornamental that can invade well-drained mineral soils that are exposed. Shade-intolerant.|
Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) is an evergreen shrub up to 3 m in height. Stems are woody and generally five-angled. Pea-like flowers are found along the stems and are yellow, sometimes with a red marking near the center. Seeds are contained in dark, hairy pods.
Note: Gorse is also an evergreen shrub with yellow pea-like flowers and it looks very similar to Scotch broom, but Gorse is armed with rigid spines.
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