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Plant Species of the genus Ulex

Information about this genus
Name: Ulex
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Often growing far too easily, gorses are tough and adaptable plants that thrive under a wide range of conditions. Generally they prefer moist, light, well-drained soil, but they will tolerate winter damp and grow well on sandy soils near the coast. They can be severely pruned if necessary and may be used as a near-impenetrable hedge. In New Zealand, where common gorse (Ulex europaeus) is a seemingly unstoppable weed, farmers often tame it and use it for roadside hedging.
Description: Cultivated as ornamentals in some areas, among the worst of weeds in others, gorses can provoke quite extreme reactions when gardeners meet farmers. This genus from western Europe and North Africa is made up of some 20 species of densely branched, fiercely spiny shrubs that are largely leafless when mature and which are smothered in yellow pea-like flowers at differing times depending on the species. Young plants have fuzzy trifoliate leaves but the foliage is reduced to a chlorophyll-bearing spine in adults. The flowers, borne singly or in small clusters, are fragrant and range in color from pale yellow to gold.

Specie Vernacular Zone
europaeus 6?10
Ulex gallii 8?10
Ulex minor 7?10

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