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Gorse (Ulex europaeus)

Gorse is a large evergreen shrub with leaves that resemble needles and beautiful yellow flowers that bloom in the spring and summer and smell like coconuts. Common gorse grows in a variety of environments, including gardens, towns, and coastal grasslands and heaths where it produces its iconic vibrant yellow flowers.

The size of each plant is between 15 – 50cm in height from the root plug.


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  • Product Description

    Gorse hedging has a lot of advantages. This natural plant is exceedingly thorny, evergreen, and has a long flowering season that lasts from early spring  until midsummer.
    Ulex europaeus grows well in a variety of environments, including exposed and arid coastal areas.  Gorse blossoms are incredibly fragrant and have a distinctive hue similar to egg yolk. These plants can be used to create the most sensory-rich garden possible.

    The fact that gorse can tolerate a range of soil types, such as low soils, sandy soils, or rocks, is another factor making it a good hedge plant. But in order for this hedge plant to flourish and thrive, the soil needs to be well-drained and capable of fixing nitrogen so that the plant can enrich the soil and benefit other plants.

    Gorse grows slowly; it typically grows 15 to 30 centimetres a year. But because of its sharp spines, it grows up to 2.5 metres and is especially advised for intruder-proof hedges. Ulex europaeus was originally employed as a windbreak that could be chopped down to make animal fodder. It is also well-suited for windy, exposed coastal areas. Its thorny, thick nature offers superb cover for wildlife. Gorse hedging works especially well on acid soils, but it may even withstand alkaline soils.

    Tree attributes

    • Grows 20-40cm per year
    • Easy to maintain especially under 3 metres
    • Bird friendly 
    • Flowers between February & April
    • Thrives on high ground 
    • Likes infertile soils
  • Our Commitment

    Our trees are planted, grown and cared for on site. This means, once the seeds are delivered to us we plant them, establish them in our polytunnels and then harden them off. The trees you are delivered have been with us since seed and we look after them until the moment they leave.

    Every tree is handpicked and packaged with the utmost care and attention to ensure your trees are delivered fighting fit to help against climate change. 

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  • Deliveries

    All postage and packaging charges for products delivered to the Mainland UK are included within the price. Additional charges apply for Northern Ireland, The Highlands & Scottish Isles, The Channel Islands, Scilly Isles & Isle of Man when ordering more than 8 trees.

    As a guide, orders for 8 plants or more will be sent via a courier, 8 plants or fewer will be sent by Royal Mail.

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  • Refunds

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