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Commonly known as Common gorse, Furze, Whin
EvergreenRigid leaves reduced to deeply grooved spines to 2.5cm (1in) long.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightUpright to rounded densely bushy shrub with spine-tipped green shoots. Produces solitary, pea-like flowers 2cm (¾in) long followed by dark-brown seed pods to 2cm (¾in) long.
Hardy - very cold winterHardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowThe native gorse. Wildlife plant. Bees, caterpillars, cover for birds.Pests & DiseasesNonePlace of originWestern and central EuropeResistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Garden Location/ConditionsCoastal / windswept
Pruning groupPruning group 7Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that flower on previous year's growth in Spring, or current year's growth in late Summer/Autumn.
Action: Cut back flowered shoots to within 1 inch of previous year's growth.
When: Annually after flowering or in Spring if flowering on current year's growth.
RHS group 10
Scented PlantsScented flowersCoconut scented
Soil ConditionsFree draining sandy soilWill become very leggy on rich soil.Neutral to acid soil
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double flowering gorse