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Hi all,

I would be very grateful if someone could advise me on what the below shrub is, please?

It was originally quite large (2m x 2m) and bore small yellow flowers in the summer, which were full of bees. It was removed to plant a tree in its place, but these have since sprung up.

It has self-seeded absolutely everywhere and when pulled out, the roots are quite deep and strong.

I’ve tried searching for it, and can only find broom but I’m not sure it’s that.

Any help would be appreciated.

Many thanks,

Clematis Crazy


  • I wonder if its coronilla, lovely plant yellow flowers and yes insects do love it.
  • Thanks for the response Chrissy.

    It does look much like that, but I wonder if it is too large to be? I’ve not encountered coronilla before so I’ll do some research!
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,465
    Maybe one of the brooms, Cytisus or Genista. The foliage looks right, and a lot of them have yellow flowers.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,304
    If that was growing in our garden it would be taken out as being Laburnum. but........
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    The leaf shape does look like a Broom to me. What about Cytisus ‘Porlock’. 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,465
    Laburnum leaves are quite a bit bigger (same family though).
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Apologies for the lack of response, the emails have been sent to my junk folder.

    I think genista porlock looks spot on. The size on the RHS website matches the shrub. I’m surprised that it’s not fully hardy, though. 

    Thank you all so much for the assistance!
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