Solved Please Help me identify this bush

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  1. MtAlbert6

    MtAlbert6 Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi,

    I have these bushes in the back of my property I need to identify as 1-2 have died and need to replace them.

    In the photo it is the larger bush, not the holly.

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    Hi @MtAlbert6 ,

    They look like Cytisus, commonly known as " Broom ". Do they have masses of small pea like flowers , probably in shades of red/yellow/purple/orange ?

    Unfortunately, they are a relatively short lived plant lasting at most probably around 7 or 8 years, although they can self seed.
     
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    • MtAlbert6

      MtAlbert6 Apprentice Gardener

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      Hi,

      Thank you for your response. The bush does not have the pods you refer to (see attached picture) and there was no bloom this summer although they are only 1-2yrs old.

      Is there a type of Cytisus bush with no bloom? As it does look similar

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      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      If they didn't bloom last year there would have been no pods.:smile:
      The pods would have been gone by now anyway.

      Just wondered if the plants were pruned late, the summer before, as that would remove the flowering wood for the next spring.

      A light trim immediately after flowering keeps them tidy and stops them getting tall and thin and woody. Do not cut hard back into old wood though, if the wood is brown it's best not to cut that far back.
       
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