Dwarf Broom

Genista lydia

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Dwarf Broom (Genista lydia) at Green Haven Garden Centre

Dwarf Broom in bloom

Dwarf Broom in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Dwarf Broom (Genista lydia) at Green Haven Garden Centre

Dwarf Broom flowers

Dwarf Broom flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4


A gracefully low-spreading groundcover which is drenched in bright yellow flowers along upright stems for a long period in spring, very fine texture; requires full sun and well-drained low fertility soil, the ultimate choice for poor dry soils

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Broom features showy yellow pea-like flowers along the branches from mid to late spring. It has light green foliage throughout the season. The small oval leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The lime green stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Broom is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dwarf Broom is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Broom will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for sandy, alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This species is not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Texture  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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