Gorse - Ulex europaeus

    Alt Name
    Furze or Whin

    Densely branched shrub to 2 metres, main spines stout, 12 to 25 mm long and furrowed. Flowers golden yellow, 15 to 20 mm long, sepals almost as long as the petals. Pod 11 to 20 mm densely hairy.

    Identification difficulty

    Grassland heaths, hedgerows, roadsides etc.

    When to see it

    All year round especially late winter and early spring.

    Life History

    Evergreen shrub, flowering throughout the year.

    UK Status

    Widespread and common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 301 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map