KENAI PENINSULA COOPERATIVE WEED MANAGEMENT AREA

Scoth broom

       

Scoth broom (Cytisus scoparius) Pea family

Perennial shrub to 10 feet tall from a forked taproot. Stems strongly angled and leaves clover-like. Flowers numerous, bright yellow, arising from the leaf bases along the stem, similar in appearance to garden peas.Fruits pea like, flattened, brownish-black. Reproduces vegetatively and from seeds. Seeds remain viable for up to 80 years.

Grows into dense impenetrable stands which prevent reforestation, create fire hazard, and eliminate forage for herbivores.

Rare in the Kenai Peninsula. Can grow along road sides, forest edges, clearings, and meadows.

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Distribution

Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District Kenai Watershed Forum UAF Cooperative Extension Service National Park Service U.S. Forest Service Homer Soil and Water Conservation District