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Ulex europaeus

Gorse

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Friedrich Strauss, copyright GAP Photos (27390)

Plant details

Also commonly called furze or whin according to locality, this is a western European native of dry sunny exposed heaths, cliffs and moorlands, where the single-flowered form can be found in bloom from spring to autumn. Its double, golden yellow blooms, marked with red at the base of petals, are fragrant, with the scent of coconut. It is one of the best shrubs for poor dry soils where little else will grow. The sunnier and less fertile the site, the more profuse the vivid yellow blooms, which are variously described as caramel or coconut-scented. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Ulex

Species: europaeus

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May


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