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Gorse

Ulex europaeus

Also known as

Furze, Whin, Common Gorse, European Furze, French Furze, Irish Gorse, Thorn Broom, European Gorse

Starr 030405-0004 Ulex europaeus by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

2m

2m

Min

1m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Gorse Overview

Commonly known as gorse, this dense, shrubby species has many spines, normally up to 2.5 cm long. It produces coconut-scented bright yellow flowers that are produced mostly in spring, but may also feature sporadically throughout the year. Its chracteristic seed pods are dark brown in colour.

How to propagate Gorse

Cuttings

Seed

Special features of Gorse

Attracts bees

Ground cover

Attractive flowers

Hedge plant

Other uses of Gorse

Banks, hedging, was used as fuel, after crushing as fodder. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Spring Flowering Shrubs

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Alder Buckthorn

Frangula alnus

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