Cytisus 'ROTER FAVORIT' (Red Favourite)

Cytisus
Cytisus 'ROTER FAVORIT' (Red Favourite)
broom
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-1.5m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS ++multicolored:deep red a pink a yellow
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty) to neutral
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Broom. What a name! Looking at this small shrub one can understand why but couldn’t we be a bit more diplomatic and call it for instance a flowering brush or something alike? Anyway. It is an unusual and nice plant that flowers from the first warmer days of spring.

Among the most popular colours of broom apart from orange is definitely red. This is why breeders have recently come up with another variety called Red Favourite. It combines rich velvety red colour with pale purple-pink, and yellow margins. Also, the reverse of the upper petal shows a beautiful marking with red veins on the background of a little white flame. Obviously, it is not usual to look at this plant from such a close up but in case of Red Favourite it is definitely worth bending your knees.

Leaves are small, narrowly elliptic, up to 2 cm long, and mature plants are nearly leafless. It forms a dense shrub, about 1.5m tall and wide. In order to get the whole plant covered with flowers we recommend pruning it after flowering – in early June. Cut back new branches by one or two thirds. This will result in production of many new branches that will flower the following year. Broom dislikes cutting into old wood so if you wish to keep this plant compact prune it every year.

Unpruned flowers lose bottom branches and their new shoots tend to nod a bit. Such plants are ideal for natural landscapes. Cytisus needs extremely well-drained, preferably acid soil. Hates water-logging and shaded areas. It looks lovely in a larger rockery or if white stones are placed around it. Grow it in full sun. Fully hardy to -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update 03-01-2013
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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