Story: Weeds of the bush

Flowering gorse

Flowering gorse

Perceptions of plants change. Gorse was imported from Britain from the 1830s for farm hedging, but it rapidly took over areas of cleared land and farmland and became a serious weed. More recently, research has shown that gorse is a good nursery plant for native bush. If a gorse-covered hill is left for a few decades, native tree saplings will grow up through the gorse canopy. Eventually the gorse will die in the shade of the regenerating bush.

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Bob Brockie, 'Weeds of the bush - Trees and shrubs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 18 Apr 2016