Scotch Broom is an invasive species in the Sea to Sky which begins flowering around now. Its abundant bright yellow pea-like flowers and large bushy appearance, and woody stems make it easy to spot along the highway between Lions Bay and Squamish.
Scotch Broom grows rapidly in disturbed soil and produces up to 3500 seed pods which split open and launch the seeds up to 5 meters away. It also spreads through transport of soil and machinery contaminated with seed. Allowing Scotch Broom to spread increases wildfire fuel loads, obstructs sightlines along roads, limits movement of wildlife, and displaces native plant species.
Scotch Broom has not spread throughout the northern portion of the Sea to Sky, and it can be kept out! If you spot it north of Squamish, call SSISC at 604-698-8334, reporting it here or by emailing email@example.com,