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Ulex europaeus

Common gorse

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMarch & June
  • Height2m to 2.5m
  • Spread1m to 2.5m
  • Growth HabitBushy round
  • Flower ColourGolden yellow
  • Leaf ColourYellow

Description

Ulex europaeus (Common gorse). This species is a broad, mound-like shrub which reaches about 6 ft (2m) in height. When it blooms in spring, it is completely covered in pea- flowers in groups of 2s or 3s; their fragrance resembles that of coconut. The double- flowered form, ‘Flore Pleno’, has rather distorted blooms, but is more compact; it is also preferred for cultivation because it cannot form seeds and thus become invasive.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

W.C. Europe

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Sandy, Poor quality
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy. They will tolerate very poor sandy soils and coastal conditions.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds in the autumn or spring, or from cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Trouble-free

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