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Gorse or Whin (Ulex europeaus)

Gorse or Whin (Ulex europeaus)


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Gorse, although classed with the broadleaves, the gorse shrub is notable for its vicious spines, which are modified leaves; making it an excellent intruder-deterring hedge species. It is well known for being able to flower all year round, though its yellow blossoms are usually most abundant in early summer. It is a member of the pea family, and is able to fix nitrogen improving the ground for other species in the hedge.

Suitable Soil Conditions

  • Acid Soil
  • Heavy Soil
  • Wet Soil
  • Very Wet Soil

Suitable Site Conditions

  • Coastal Site
  • Exposed Site

Ultimate Tree Height

  • 0 - 10m

Growth Rate

  • Fast