Plant Information

Scientific Name: Cytisus proliferus,
Alternative Names: Tagasaste

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  • Perennial
  • Tagastaste is a member of the pea family and indigenous to the dry volcanic slopes of the Canary Islands.
  • Today it is a well-known fertilizer tree that is grown in many parts of the world as a fodder crop.
  • It is a small, fast-growing evergreen tree that grows up to 3-4m.
  • It has greyish-green leaflets and bears scented, creamy-white flowers.
  • A beautiful flowering tree that will grow in any soil.
  • Tagasaste is remarkably tolerant of most growing conditions and can take frosts as low as -10°C.
  • The deep roots make it very drought tolerant and it also puts up with high moisture levels during a wet winter.
  • If it is allowed to grow unhindered it will develop thick branches that are good firewood.

Parts Used

  • The above ground parts.

For Animals. It is said that

  • The nutritional value of Tagasaste is similar to that of Lucerne Medicago sativa.
  • Because of its good palatability and high protein content it is valued forage for ruminants like cattle, sheep, goats, horses, chickens and game.
  • It can be grazed directly, or cut and fed fresh or dried.
  • It’s resistant to diseases and will quickly recover from complete defoliation.
  • It supplies pollen for bees and is a nitrogen fixer.
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