Gorse Hedge Plants Description
There are lots of good things to say about Gorse hedging - it's native, evergreen, very very prickly and has a terrifically long flowering season from very early Spring (even when it still feels like Winter) until mid Summer. There's an old country saying "when Gorse is out of blossom, kissing's out of fashion!". Gorse is suited to many situations including dry and exposed coastal sites. See also our range of hedging for exposed sites
Its flowers are pea-like as Gorse is from the legume family, they're the colour of egg yolks and very fragrant. See also our range of flowering hedge plants
and fragrant hedging
collection for plants capable of creating the ultimate sensory garden.
Gorse is particularly good on poor soils (even sandy soils or rocks) as long as it's well drained and it has nitrogen fixing capacity so it can improve the soil for the benefit of other plants.
Gorse is not a fast grower (15-30cm pa) but will grow to 2.5m and is particularly recommended for intruder-proof hedging because its spines are so vicious. It's also very good for windy, exposed, coastal sites and historically was used as a windbreak which could be cut to provide animal feed. Its dense prickly nature provides good wildlife shelter. Whilst Gorse hedges will tolerate alkaline soils, it's 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.
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