Common Weeds in the Upper Macquarie Area

English Broom

Scientific Name: Cytisus scoparius

Is an invasive weed of disturbed Bushland, roadsides and neglected areas. It is long lived and competes with native species. Grown as a hedge plant in some areas it was also deliberately spread as a tonic for livestock! English broom produces many seeds and seedlings establish readily. Spread is solely by seed with earthmoving equipment responsible for much spread. Established plants dominate the vegetation in the area. Control is by grubbing out single bushes but larger areas require mechanical removal and cultivation. Herbicides are effective.

Also refer to Scotch Broom


Department Primary Industries – WeedWise NSW – English Broom

Macquarie Valley & Lachlan Valley Weeds Advisory Committees – English/Scotch Broom