scotchbroom, Arroyo Seco, in coast live oak forest, elevation appx. 1000'
Common green-barked shrub growing on sunny, rocky hillside
Gray pods hairy
Skotch broom. A lot. On east side of Fitch mountain
Scotch broom. Invasive
2 1/2 meters tall by about the same wide. Green, ribbed stems. Leaves clustered in 3's on older stems; narrow, alternate leaves hug new growth. Green seed pods. Still a few yellow, pea-like flowers. Associated with grasses, shore pine.
Cytisus scoparius, the common broom or Scotch broom, syn. Sarothamnus scoparius, is a perennial leguminous shrub native to western and central Europe. In Britain and Ireland, the standard name is broom, but this name is also used generically for other related species (see broom), and the term common broom is sometimes used for clarification. In other English-speaking countries, the most prevalent common name is Scotch broom (or Scot's broom); English broom is also occasionally used.