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Gorse (Ulex europaeus) is declared noxious in the Illawarra District Weeds Authority control area (including Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong council areas).

The weed control class is 3. This means that:

The weed must be fully and continuously suppressed and destroyed”. 

Description: An erect much branched perennial shrub, to 2.5m high.  Stems are characterised by brown older growth becoming woody when mature.  Young growth is green.  All stems are armed with numerous spines to 5cm long and short branchlets terminating in spines.  Leaves are generally dark green, narrow spine-like and uniformly spaced along the branches and branchlets.  Flowers are bright yellow, pea-like and fragrant.  Fruit is a dark-coloured, hairy pod.  Originally introduced from Europe as a hedge plant.

Problem: Obnoxious spines. Can form dense spiny thickets, limiting access and excluding pasture and native species. Harbours vermin. Is a fire hazard. Seeds can remain viable for up to 80 years.

Control Plan: Click here

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