Spanish Gorse - Genista hispanica

Alternative names
Spanish Furze

A spiny, gorse-like deciduous shrub with green stems and spines and leafy flowering shoots bearing terminal clusters of bright yellow flowers.

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Sometimes included in municipal planting.  This species can escape to become naturalised in bare, untended areas.

When to see it

Flowers in late spring and early summer.

Life History

Deciduous shrub.

UK Status

Occasionally occurs as a naturalised escape in various parts of Briain. 

VC55 Status

Infrequently recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Species profile

Common names
Spanish Gorse
Species group:
Trees, Shrubs & Climbers
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
09/10/2022 (Timms, Sue)
Last record:
03/06/2023 (Timms, Sue)

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