Ulex europaeus Hedge Plants Description
Gorse hedging holds an abundance of positives. It's an evergreen, native plant that is incredibly prickly and has an extremely long flowering season starting from early spring (even when the weather feels colder), until mid-summer. There's an old country saying - 'When Gorse is out of blossom, kissing's out of fashion'. Ulex europaeus is suited to many situations, including dry and exposed coastal sites. You can view our full range of hedging for exposed sites here.
The flowers produced by Gorse are pea-like, due to this species originating from the legume family. Gorse flowers are a distinguished egg yolk colour and extremely fragrant. Hedges Direct has a full range of fragrant hedging and flowering hedge plants available. These types of plants are capable of creating the ultimate sensory garden.
Another reason why Gorse is a favourable hedge plant is that it can adapt to a variety of soil conditions including poor soils, sandy soils or rocks. However, for this hedge plant to successfully grow and develop the soil must be well-drained and have the nitrogen-fixing capacity, so that it can improve the soil for the benefit of other plants.
Gorse is not a fast-growing plant; it tends to grow 15-30 cm per annum. However, it will grow up to 2.5m and is particularly recommended for intruder-proof hedging due to the vicious spines. Ulex europaeus it also suitable for windy, exposed, coastal sites and historically used as a windbreak, which could be cut to provide animal feed. Its dense prickly nature provides good wildlife shelter. Gorse hedging will also tolerate alkaline soils, but it's also particularly good on acid soils.
Youll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed in the product grid. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long youre willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.
For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section
Prune immediately after flowering where flowering is on the previous year's growth, or in the subsequent early to mid-spring if flowering is on the current year's growth.
is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:
|Packaging Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Small Box (Bare Roots up to 1.2m)||£12 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Box (Pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£12 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Large/Tall Box (Tall bare roots 1.2m +)||£18 delivery charge (orders up to £120 incl VAT)||Orders of £120 and over - FREE|
|Pallet (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)||£60 delivery charge (orders up to £240 incl VAT)||Orders of £240 and over - FREE|
There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page. (Please note that due to new Brexit rules, we are currently unable to export to both Northern and Southern Ireland.)It's Quick!
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