Spiny Broom


General description

Much-branched spiny shrub <3m tall. Ridged stems with sharp spines. Dark or grey-green leaves, 3 leaflets hairy underneath & may occur in clusters. Bright yellow flowers (Oct-Dec) followed by flattened seedpods

Prefers warm, temperate conditions with dry acid soils & moderate rainfall.

Seed dispersed locally by pod burst & further afield by animals or machinery.

Site management

Follow up for 2-3 years. Replant with native species to prevent re-establishment.

Recommended approaches

1. Plants can be grubbed out but any crown remnants will regrow so only attempt if thorough removal possible.
2. Cut & stump paint with Vigilant gel.
3. Spray when in full leaf before flowering (100ml glyphosate/10L or 60ml Tordon BK + 10ml penetrant/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

wild broom
Cytisus scoparius

Spines are absent from common broom.

montpellier broom
Teline monspessullana

Spines are absent from Montpellier broom. Flowers are in clusters rather than solitary on a stem.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
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