Trees and shrubs

Gorse: superb flowering shrub


A gorse is a formidable shrub, with generous and luminous flowering.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Ulex europaeus
Family : Fabaceae
Type : Shrub

Height
: 1 to 3 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary, sandy

Foliage
: Persistent -Flowering : March to June

Maintenance and pruning are easy and will allow you to have beautiful flowers in your garden.

Planting gorse

It is recommended to plant gorse at autumn in particular to promote rooting.

A plantation at spring, in winter or even in summer is possible for subjects bought in pots but avoid at all costs periods of frost and high temperatures.

If youplant a hedge, distance each gorse plant a minimum of 1 meter.

  • Gorse prefers very sunny locations to flower well.
  • It is very resistant to wind and spray.
  • It appreciates well-drained soils, even poor ones.
  • Follow our tips for planting shrubs.

Gorse pruning and maintenance

Once properly established, gorse is an easy to maintain shrub.

No pruning is really necessary, you can let your gorse grow naturally without pruning it.

  • If you want to reduce the branches or reshape your gorse, wait until the end of flowering to prune.

On the maintenance side, let's say gorse is such an easy shrub that it shouldn't require you to do any work after planting.

Finally, gorse is pungent, be careful to use gloves when handling gorse, or you may cut yourself!

Things to know about gorse

A magnificent shrub when in bloom, gorse amazes with its golden yellow bloom.

Gorse is often found along the Atlantic coast, because it has the particularity of being very resistant to wind and spray. These are the yellow shrubs that can be found along the motorway and roads in Brittany.

Also called broom thorny, its growth is rapid and its need for water is limited. He is satisfied with what nature gives him.

  • It can be installed in rockery, in shrub beds, in hedges or isolated.
  • Its very sharp spines give it frequent use as a defensive hedge.

For the creation of a flowering hedge, you can install it with other flowering shrubs.

Gorse is part of the Ulex genus, which groups together around twenty species in Africa and Europe, including 7 in Europe.

The most common gorse on the Atlantic coast is European gorse (ulex europaeus) but also Ulex breoganii in Brittany.

In the Mediterranean we find the gorse of Provence (Ulex parviflorus), which blooms earlier.

Smart tip about gorse

In order to multiply your gorse, perform a cuttings during the summer it is very easy and the result is almost guaranteed.

Video: Flowering Shrubs (October 2020).