WEED OF THE MONTH: Gorse (Ulex europaeus)
Gorse is an invasive spiny shrub that forms dense impenetrable thickets. It can reduce pasture carrying capacity, block access and provide shelter for pests.
In National Parks and other environmental areas, gorse can compete with native vegetation and increase the risk of bushfire as it contains flammable oils and retains dead vegetation, increasing fuel loads.
Gorse is a spiny, branched, evergreen, perennial shrub, which commonly grows 1–2.5 m in height. It is long-lived (up to 30 years) and has a deep and extensive root system.