Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) (Sloe) is a large deciduous shrub, aptly named because of its thorns and dark bark. Blackthorn is commonly used in native hedgerows, as its thorns make it a fantastic choice for security. In the UK and northern Europe, Blackthorn is also very popular for protection against cattle or other livestock.
Blackthorn is an easy-to-grow native shrub that can come in a wide range of sizes. It can be planted in almost any moist well-drained soil, and should be planted somewhere where it can receive sunlight. During spring, white flowers often develop on the plant, which develop into small black fruits, commonly called sloe. Though the fruits of the plant are quite tart, they are most famously used for the making of sloe gin.
At our nursery in Kent we grow a range of Blackthorn plants ready for delivery to locations all over the country. We have an expert team who work hard to make sure that all of our plants are grown to the best quality, and they are on hand to answer any questions you may have. At HedgingPlants.com we often sell Blackthorn as bare root from November to April.
Whether you are looking for a protective border to your property or an attractive garden feature hedge, Blackthorn is a great choice, and our discounted pack deals mean you can get unbeatable value if you need a lots of them.
Check out our Blackthorn range below, and get in contact if you have any further questions by calling us at 01580 767247.