An Award of Merit was given to Cytisus battandieri nine years after its introduction, about 1922, from Morocco. This must be one of the fastest high awards for any shrub and shows the garden-worthiness and its high value in cultivation. It has been a very popular flowering shrub ever since and has proved to be quite hardy, for it survived the severe winter of 1962/63 unscathed. Cytisus battandieri has proved to be very hardy in the south of Britain even as a free standing shrub. However it is best grown against a sunny wall in the East of Scotland. It is named after the French botanist, Jules Aime Battandier (1848-1922) who was a specialist in Algerian plants.
Text by Bob Mitchell
|Cytisus battandieri is a tall, semi-deciduous shrub, upright in habit to 15' (3 m), with straggly branches. It has prominent silvery-grey, trifoliate, laburnum-like leaves which in a severe winter becomes fully deciduous. The flowers are held erect and curve upwards. They are golden-yellow in tight, terminal, cone-shaped racemes and smell of pineapple. Cytisus battandieri flowers for a long period during the summer but mainly in July.|