Argyrocytisus battandieri
Common name: 
Pineapple Broom
Moroccan Broom
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Cytisus battandieri
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous (or evergreen) shrub or small tree, 15 ft (5 m) tall, spreading with age to a width equaling height, pubescent branches.  Leaves alternate, trifoliate (3 leaflets), silver-gray green, 4 cm wide and up to 10 cm long, pubescent.  Flowers bright yellow, pea flower shape, 2 cm, pineapple-scented, in dense, upright cone-shaped clusters to 10 cm long; blooms in late spring-early summer.  Fruit is a linear 5.5 × 1 cm brown pod.
  • Sun  New shoots are produced from the base, remove old shoots as needed.
  • Reportedly evergreen in Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 7      Native to Morocco.  Introduced to the British nursery trade in about 1922.  Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993 (as Cytisus battandieri).
  • Argyrocytisus: Gk. argyro, silver, leaves silvery gray; cytisus, Gk. kytisos, a kind of clover or clover-like plant
  • battandieri: after Jules Aimé Battandier; French botanist and authority on Algerian plants.
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    leaves and flower clusters

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