The gorses are here classed as evergreens although the leaves are never seen, except in very young plants, as each one is changed into a formidable spine. All thrive in hot, dry soils.
Ulex europaeus (common gorse, furze or whin), 3 to 6 ft., a fine golden pea-flowered plant, a blaze of colour in April, with a sprinkling ofall through the year. It is an impenetrable plant, particularly useful against stock.
U.e. Plenus, fragrant, double flowers mainly in spring; surpasses U. europaeus as a specimen.