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A bushy shrub with green ridged branches that are hairy when young and hairless when mature. Bright yellow pea flowers. Fruit pods are flattened with hairs mostly at seams.
|Soil and Moisture Conditions
|Found along the east and west coasts of the US.
|Small populations can be dug up or pulled when soil is moist. A weed wrench is a useful tool for wrenching Scotch broom and other woody stemmed invaders and can be borrowed from Marion SWCD.
|Reproduction and Spread
|Reproduces via seeds that can remain viable in the soil for up to 60 years. If choosing to cut down plants at ground level, plants with stem diameters under 2 inches may resprout. Also spreads via contaminated vehicles, equipment, apparel, and grazing animals that are moved from infested to uninfested pastures.
|Introduced from Europe in the 1800s as an ornamental and later used for erosion control.
|Other brooms and gorse. French broom blooms before Scotch broom and Spanish broom flowers late in summer when Scotch broom is nearly done flowering. Gorse has spines.
|Hinders conifers from reestablishing, invades disturbed sites creating a monoculture.