Montpellier Broom


General description

Erect woody shrub <3m tall. Leaves composed of 3 green, hairy leaflets, the middle one being longest. Single or clustered bright yellow flowers (May-Nov) on short spikes. Pods release seed by explosion summer.

Riverbeds, waste places, hill country, coastal sites. Very cold tolerant.

Localised seed spread from bursting pods.

Site management

A light-lover, so can be succeeded in tall canopy habitats by taller native spp. where their seedlings exist. These sites can be left, however slashing, selective spraying or replanting of shade-creating spp can increase regeneration rate. Clear roads, metal dumps, quarries. Maintain pest & livestock control, as plant is not browsed as readily as native spp. & recovers more quickly from browsing.

Recommended approaches

1. Hand pull, dig or grub out small plants before seeding, minimising soil disturbance.
2. Cut & stump paint (5g metsulfuron/1L or 50ml triclopyr/1L).
3. Weed wipe spring - summer (250ml triclopyr/1L).
4. Spray spring - summer (60ml triclopyr +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

Wild broom has larger flowers which are usually solitary on a stem. It appears to have less leaves than Montpellier broom and its branchlets are glabrous in comparison to soft fine hairs present on Montpellier broom.

spiny broom
Calicotome spinosa

Spiny broom has large spines scattered across the branches. Flowers are usually solitary rather than in clusters.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
montpellier broom - Main species image