Common on the coal measures of the West Durham Coalfield and Wear Lowlands, sparse elsewhere. Absent above 300m AOD.
Heath, railway banks, road verges, waste ground, river banks.
Free draining acidic soils. Light demanding.
An attractive flowering evergreen shrub, fast growing but short lived. Suitable as a woodland fringe & scrub species on free draining, infertile and acidic soils. Will colonise suitable sites naturally if local seed sources are available.
The existing population is predominantly wild although occasionally planted as a landscaping shrub. Use plants of local provenance or FC seed zones 302 & 204.
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