April to May
2 to 4 ft.
4 to 6 ft.
mountains of Spain
sun, part shade
USDA zones 4-9
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Spanish gold broom is an evergreen shrub with a dense mound of upright green stems. The flower color in spring is remarkable! The flowers look like pea blossoms and are a very bright golden yellow. Its straight stems and tiny leaves create a fine texture in the landscape. When not in bloom, it serves as a good background plant for other shrubs, flowers and grasses.
Spanish Gold broom seems to be hardier than other brooms in the Colorado Springs area. It is adaptable to different types of soil and does well in low water zones.
There are four Spanish Gold brooms planted at the Xeriscape Garden. In spring, the eye-catching flowers cover the plant. The rest of the year, the upright green stems form a tidy mound. One mature plant has experienced branch dieback. They perform best if watered once per month during the winter, since their natural habitat has rainy Mediterranean winters.
It's important to winter water Spanish Gold broom monthly from November through April. Because it originates from a Mediterranean climate with wet winters, it will die back if it gets too dry before spring arrives. Minimal to no other maintenance is required.