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Scotch/English Broom

Scotch/English broom (Cytisus scoparius) is declared noxious in the Illawarra District Weeds Authority control area (including Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong council areas).

The weed control class is 3. This means that:.

The plant must be fully and continuously suppressed and destroyed”.

Description: A much-branched shrub.  Stems green, leaves small, bright yellow pea-flowers buy may vary in colour, fruit pod flat, brown or black with brown hairs along margins.    A garden escapee from Europe.

Problem: Forms dense impenetrable thickets. Mainly invades disturbed sites, like tracks etc. Can smother shrubs and prevent native plant regeneration. Provides harbour for wild pig, foxes and rabbits.The plant contains cystine, a toxic alkaloid, particularly in the flowers and seed.  Can cause death through asphyxia. Foliage causes digestive disorders in horses. Seed are though to be toxic if eaten in large quantities.

For the Control Plan click here

For more detailed information click here