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Ulex gallii

western gorse

U. gallii is a finely spiny evergreen shrub 1-2m in height, with pea-like yellow flowers 1.2cm in length, in summer and autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Yellow Green
Autumn Yellow Green Black
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
Yes
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Ulex are spiny evergreen shrubs with very spiny branches bearing small, simple leaves that soon fall, and often fragrant, yellow, pea-like flowers

Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in poor sandy soil in full sun. Will become leggy in rich soils

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 10, every 2-3 years

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

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