Pineapple Broom

Argyrocytisus battandieri

Argyrocytisus

<i>Argyrocytisus battandieri</i>

Hailing from North Africa’s Atlas Mountains and sadly rare in cultivation, this RHS award winning, vigorous small tree boasts an extraordinary appearance that understates its surprising hardiness. Large, erect cone-shaped clusters with dense pineapple-scented lemon-yellow flowers festoon the velvety gray-green trifoliate leaves. Evergreen in milder climates, Pineapple Broom’s upright yet relaxed looking bushy habit injects a sumptuous dose of summer cheer to a warm wall, seating area or the backside of a mixed planting. It relishes regular pruning and good drainage, endures deer, poor soil, heat and dry conditions, and thankfully will not reseed. Grows moderately to 10–20' x 8–10'. Medium Band.

Blooms June–mid-August.

Size: 10' 0" – 20' 0" high x 8' 0" – 10' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

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