Kōrero: 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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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Melanie Lovell-Smith

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Bob Brockie, 'Weeds of the bush - Trees and shrubs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/13614/flowering-gorse (accessed 27 September 2021)

He kōrero nā Bob Brockie, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007, updated 18 Apr 2016