Genista stenopetala Webb & Berth.

Fully-hardy evergreen shrub with flattened branchlets, abundant trifoliate leaves, and racemes of yellow flowers.  Reportedly to 6m but usually of dwarf habit in gardens and often grown as a pot plant.  [Hortus]. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1835.  [JD].  The origin of this plant is uncertain.  It is probably a dwarf form of Genista stenopetala of garden origin

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.366/1850].


See also Genista maderensis Lowe which may possibly be the same plant, particularly the form magnifoliosus which has larger leaves and racemes [Hortus].

Published Dec 16, 2009 - 02:22 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 12:05 PM

More details about Genista stenopetala Webb & Berth.
Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Canary Isles, but may be of garden origin

  • Cytisus racemosus Hort ex Marnock
  • Teline stenopetala (Webb & Berthel.) Webb & Berthel.
Common Name

Easter Broom, Sweet Broom, Leafy Broom

Name in the Camden Park Record

Cytisus racemosus 

Confidence level medium