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Commonly known as Blackthorn, Sloe
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
Hardy - very cold winter - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
Height - 5m (15ft)
Spread - 4m (12ft)
Deciduous - elliptic to obovate, mid- to deep-green leaves to 5cm (2in) long.
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.
Fertile moist well-drained soil - moderately fertile
Rounded to broadly spreading
Flower Shape - Bowl-shaped
Cold weather damage to evergreen plants
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Common hawthorn, Quickthorn, Bread and cheese, May
Available from £1.25
Available from £14.50
CHAENOMELES speciosa 'Nivalis'
Flowering quince, Japanese quince
Available from £15.00
CRATAEGUS laevigata 'Paul's Scarlet'
Midland hawthorn, Red May, Double crimson hawthorn
Available from £17.50
Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
Essential small tree protection from vermin and strimming. This pack includes 5 x 90cm canes and 5 x 90cm spiral guards. Includes instructions.
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.