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botanical name:
Ulex europaeus
Ulex europaeus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Gorse, Furze, Whin
family:  Papilionaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover
height: 1.50m
width: 1.80m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: yellow
main season: All Year
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -12°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
description:
Tough British native for difficult exposed situations, where poor conditions usually give better compact plants. Forms prickly thickets which are covered with clear yellow flowers for many months of the year.

cultivation:
Although adaptable to most soils, it is particularly suited to sandy acid soil.

usage:
Resistant to strong winds and makes an effective low windbreak. The roots are good for stabilising soil and in common with the rest of its family, fixes nitrogen..
Flowers are attractive to bees.

other notes:
The seeds are poisonous.

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