Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Gorse - Ulex europaeus   L.Only member of Ulex in NC.
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DistributionThe sole report is from BONAP, which maps it in Buncombe County. For the time being, website editors must assume this is adventive or escaped.

Native to Europe; in N.A. MA to NC; Pacific states where a bad weed.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatDisturbed places.
PhenologyFlowering June-?.
IdentificationGorse is a famous shrub in Europe noted for its dense branching and wicked thorns; a golf ball hit into a gorse stand is essentially "out of bounds"!. The flowers, however, are quite large and showy -- multitudes of golden yellow flowers over the entire bush.
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Other Common Name(s)Furze
State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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