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PRUNUS spinosa

Commonly known as Blackthorn, Sloe


Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
open ground available NOV-FEB individually £1.75 each , 10+ £1.50 each , 100+ £1.25 each 

Delivery Information Estimated availability autumn 2021
plant size comparison icon Bare Rooted available NOV-FEB only
  • Deciduous - mid- to deep-green leaves to 5cm (2in) long.
  • White
  • Height - 5m (16ft)
  • Spread - 4m (13ft)
  • Hedge - Ideal for hedging
  • Tree - dense, bushy, spiny shrub or small tree. Produces solitary, rarely paired, flowers to 1.5cm (½in) across before the leaves. Glaucous black fruit to fruit to 1.5cm (½in) across.
  • Hardy - very cold winter - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - UK native. Wildlife plant - nectar for insects, nesting site for birds. Suckers freely. Traditional wood for the Irish shillelagh. The fruit for sloe gin.
  • Pests & Diseases - honey fungus
  • Place of origin - Europe to Russia (western Siberia), Mediterranean
  • Flower Shape - Bowl-shaped -
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Coastal / windswept -
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Leaf margin - Serrulate - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Elliptic - see photos above
  • Obovate
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest - Spring -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - moderately fertile
  • Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly spreading -
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
  • Bird friendly
  • Rabbit Resistant
5m (16ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  4m (13ft)

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