This deciduous shrub species formerly placed in Cytisus, presents hairs throughout the foliage and stems, hence the name. Flowers are pea-like, yellow-orange, and appear from May to June.
Often it will trail, but can be pruned and kept in a regular shape. Very useful for dry, sunny areas, scree gardens, wall stones, naturalization on slopes.
Assessments are being conducted in order to evaluate the potential value of Chamaecytisus and Genista for forage shrubs systems.
Germination: very hard seed coat that requires scarification: best results are achieved after removal of the aril, followed by acid sulphuric treatment or immersion in boiling water for 1 min.