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A perennial, spiny, evergreen shrub with 3 thin leaflets with terminal thorn. Stiff and angular branches, yellow pea-like flowers.
|Soil and Moisture Conditions
|10-15' tall, up to 30' in diameter
|Mainly found in Oregon along the coast in Coos, Curry, and Lane Counties. Also scattered throughout western Oregon.
|Hand pull small infestations, removing entire plant; establishment of competitive pasture/forest tree/crops can resist invasions; goats can control seedlings and chickens eat forst seeds, destroying them as they are digested.
|Reproduction and Spread
|Reproduces by seed and vegetatively. Seeds viable for 30 years.
|Introduced from Europe in 1890s as an ornamental plant.
|Scotch broom, other brooms
|Grows rapidly, crowding out native plants, invading wildllife habitats, and impacting forest production.Highly flammable - extreme fire hazard.