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.


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

UK Map