Colutea L.

Colutea is an Old World genus of 28 species, mainly distributed in Eurasia and northeastern Africa. Some species are rather frequently planted as ornamentals in Europe (Cullen 1995, Roloff & Bärtels 2006) but only the two taxa treated in this account seem to be widespread in cultivation.

  • Corolla orange to brownish red. Keel 15-16 mm long, weakly beaked === 2. Colutea x media
  • Corolla yellow (often with reddish veins). Keel 16-20 mm long, not beaked === 1. C. arborescens


Browicz K. (1963) The genus Colutea L. A monograph. Monograph. Bot. 14 : 1-136.

Browicz K. (1967) A supplement to the monograph of the genus Colutea L. Arb. Kornickie Roczn 12: 33-43.

Cullen J. (1995) Colutea. In: Cullen J. & al. (eds.), The European Garden Flora, vol. 4. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 502-503.

Roloff A. & Bärtels A. (2006) Flora der Gehölze (2e Auflage). Ulmer, Stuttgart: 844 p.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith