Sister Redhead® Scotch Broom Cytisus scoparius

Sister Redhead® Scotch Broom Cytisus scoparius


True red blooms for spring!!


Sister Redhead® Scotch broom becomes a blaze of bright red pea-shaped flowers in spring. Each intricate bloom is dotted with a tiny beak of yellow, just enough to deepen the red and really make it pop. This spring bloomer is especially when paired with colorful spring blooming bulbs like daffodils, tulips, and crocus. Sister Redhead Scotch broom loves sunny, dry conditions, which these bulbs also like, so pairing them together works visually as well as horticulturally! After blooming, wiry green stems are covered in tiny leaves, which provide a unique textural effect.


We do not recommend this plant for the Northwest and Intermountain West. 


Top reasons to grow Sister Redhead® Scotch broom:

- Dramatic spring flowers in a deep, unforgettable red.

- Very deer resistant.

- Thrives in hot, sunny sites.

Drought Tolerant 

Salt Tolerant 


Resists: Deer 



Plant Type: Shrub  

Shrub Type: Deciduous  

Height Category: Medium  

Garden Height: 36 - 48 Inches  

Spacing: 36 - 48 Inches  

Spread: 36 - 48 Inches  

Flower Colors: Red  

Flower Shade: Red  

Foliage Colors: Green  

Foliage Shade: Green  

Habit: Upright  

Container Role: Thriller 



Light Requirement: 


Maintenance Category: Easy 

Blooms On: Old Wood 

Bloom Time: Mid Spring 

Hardiness Zones: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Water Category: Low 

Needs Good Drainage 

Soil Fertility Requirement: Poor Soil 



 Border Plant 

 Cut Flower 


 Mass Planting 

 Specimen or Focal Point 


Uses Notes: 

This upright Scotch broom has a distinctive broom-like silhouette that makes it a striking textural accent in garden beds and landscaping planting. Needs full sun and well-drained soil.

Maintenance Notes: 

Needs very well-drained soils, especially during periods of cold temperatures. Mostly maintenance-free, but if it does look a bit scruffy, you can give it a light trim after it blooms in spring.



PLEASE NOTE: Sister Redhead® - Scotch Broom - Cytisus scoparius is restricted and cannot be shipped to the state(s) of CA, ID, MT, OR, UT, WA, WI, or WY.