Deciduous shrub to 4 m tall. Young shoots with blunt ridges, densely silver-hairy. Leaves with 3 silvery-haired obovate leaflets, each to about 8 cm long. Flowers in dense, terminal, deep yellow clusters to about 15 cm long, fragrant; summer. Stamens united into a tube. Fruit linear, to about 5 cm long, densely hairy; seeds 6-9. Syn. Cytisus battandieri Maire.
Morocco. Grows naturally in sandy, acid soils at high altitudes on the Rif and Atlas Mtns of Morocco; it has pineapple-scented, rich golden flower heads and attractive silvery foliage.
Source: (2002). Fabaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.