Ulex europeaus (Gorse)
Often considered a moorland shrub gorse is actually a fantastically valuable shrub.
It's an evergreen, native plant that is incredibly prickly and has an extremely long flowering season starting from early spring until mid-summer.
The flowers are similar to that of a pea but a bright vibrant yellow and sweetly scented. Some say like coconut others like honey.
Gorse is fantastic as a hedging shrub, the dense thorns offering a natural deterent to both people and animals. the flowers not only offer us fantastic colour and scent but also offers a valuable nectar source for our important pollinators during the colder months when choices are limited.
Gorse is not overly fast-growing, around 25cm a year. Making it easy to maintain but perhaps not for those who want rapid growth. It is however fantastic for windy and exposed conditions and coastal areas. Often used as a windbreak.
It has many uses and can be tailored to your needs. Prefers acidic soils but can tolerate most.
Comes as a young but healthy plant in a 9cm pot approximately 25cm tall