Standard, Pineapple Broom - ShrubArgyrocytisus battandieri
Pineapple Broom, (Argyrocytisus battandieri) standard variety, is a lovely ornamental shrub!
The pineapple broom (Argyrocytisus battandieri) is such a lovely ornamental shrub! It flowers all summer long with clusters of golden-yellow flowers. The perfect plant for a patio or decking as this one has been grafted onto a standard stem, keeping it nice and compact if potted. Of course you could also plant this lovely plant in the border. The lovely cheerful yellow colour of this plant when it’s in bloom will be very conspicuous - and don't forget the lovely smell of pineapple they spread.Show more
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Planting and flowering details
Show moreThis shrub is best grown in a sheltered, sunny spot, in relatively poor soil. Make sure the root ball of the pineapple broom (Argyrocytisus battandieri) is well-drenched, prior to planting stand it in a bucket of lukewarm water for a while. Prepare a large hole and thoroughly loosen the soil with a fork. Plant your pineapple broom (Argyrocytisus battandieri) at the right depth (the top of the root ball should come to just below soil level). Fill the hole with soil and heel well in. Water your pineapple broom (Argyrocytisus battandieri) generously after planting. Pineapple broom (Argyrocytisus battandieri) will actually thrive well in poor soil, so only improve if needed with sand and be very sparing with any type of fertiliser. It will thank you for a nice sunny spot. Alternatively the pineapple broom will look great and also thrive in a large planter on the patio/decking.
Pineapple broom in the borderStandard Argyrocytisus battandieri is a summer flowering shrub that will look just great in a summer border. To look as natural and pretty as possible it's best to plant this standard shrub where the flowers rise above over other bedding plants in your border.
Show morePineapple broom (Argyrocytisus battandieri) is a very undemanding plant that grows naturally in nutrient-poor soil. As all legumes, this plant takes in extra nitrogen through the root nodules, all to the good of the plant. Water extra in periods of drought, especially if the Argyrocytisus battandieri is grown in a pot. Snipping off overblown flowers will help to generate more flowers on your pineapple broom. Requires no plant food and for potting up use potting compost mixed with sand. Must drain well, use a water-permeable soil.
Pruning your pineapple broom
You shouldn't really need to prune this deciduous shrub but if you want to keep your plant compact, you can give your pineapple broom a slight pruning in October by cutting it back by about 30 cm all over. The pineapple broom tree is perfect for the smaller garden.
Pineapple broom over the winterThis variety is not completely hardy so do give it some extra protection in severe winters, especially if planted in a pot. If you ensure good drainage, it will tolerate cold better as the soil wont freeze hard. A young shrub will certainly need frost protection but a more established pineapple broom will manage fairly well.
Show moreThis is a spectacular standard shrub with adorable clusters of yellow flowers.
Pineapple broom (Argyrocytisus battandieri) grows naturally in the Atlas Mountain region of Morocco where the tree can grow to the height of a 3-4 metres.
Argyrocytisus is a member of the bean family (Leguminosae or Fabaceae - either name is correct).