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The Blackthorn hedge (Prunus Spinosa) is normally found amongst native hedgerows across the UK’s countryside, helping to not only support birds as perfect nesting hedges, but also most other wildlife too.


Being naturally prickly it makes for a great privacy hedge, meaning it would make for a perfect boundary hedge for a property. Before its leaves bloom in the early spring, the branches of the Blackthorn are adorned with pretty white/creamy flowers. The Blackthorn hedge produces small green sloes which will ripen into a damson like fruit, but in a blue/purple colour that is waxy to touch.


These sloes ripen in the autumn months and prove great to taste when made into preserves or into spirits - such as sloe gin! The hedge’s leaves are dark green and oval in shape, and have a serrated edge. They turn a gorgeous hue of yellow come autumn.


The Blackthorn is a great hedge to have on its own, but it also works extremely well when mixed with other native hedges. This can provide you with a thick, dense, intruder protective hedge with year round interest for you and the local wildlife.


Once established your hedge will produce suckers and will grow to be thick and thorny. It is an extremely accommodating hedge that can flourish well in most soils, except thin, chalky soils. It also prefers to be planted in full sunlight.


When it comes to planting this hedge we recommend planting twelve to eighteen inches apart for a single row. For a double row to achieve a thick hedge we would suggest planting them eighteen to twenty-flour inches apart and a gap between rows of fifteen inches. The beauty of this hedge is that it can be trimmed at any time of year and does well when kept at a height of between three to ten feet.


For more information on our wide and varied selection of Blackthorn plants or any of our other hedging varieties, contact our specialist team members for more information. 
BLACKTHORN. Prunus spinosa
BLACKTHORN Prunus spinosa
60/90cm (2-3ft) in 2 litre pots
from £4.05 (£4.86 inc vat)
1 or more4.99(£5.99)5 or more4.65(£5.58)
25 or more4.35(£5.22)100 or more4.05(£4.86)
BLACKTHORN. Prunus spinosa
BLACKTHORN Prunus spinosa
60/90cm (2-3ft) in 2 litre pots pack of 60
from £3.65 (£4.38 inc vat)
BLACKTHORN. Prunus spinosa
BLACKTHORN Prunus spinosa
90/120cm (3-4ft) in 2 litre pots
from £4.95 (£5.94 inc vat) Available from Jun 2017
1 or more5.99(£7.19)5 or more5.60(£6.72)
25 or more5.25(£6.30)100 or more4.95(£5.94)
BLACKTHORN. Prunus spinosa
BLACKTHORN Prunus spinosa
90/120cm (3-4ft) in 2 litre pots pack of 50
from £4.46 (£5.35 inc vat) Available from Jun 2017


Prunus Spinosa is the native Blackthorn hedge or Sloe. A large dense shrub or bushy small tree often seen in country hedgerows. Established stands of Blackthorn provide valuable cover for birds and support a wide variety of wildlife.

The creamy white flowers of Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa) clothe the very prickly bare branches before the leaves in March and early April. In rural areas this period is often referred to as ?Blackthorn winter? when it coincides with a cold snap Over the summer the immature green sloes ripen to a small black damson like fruit with a purple blue waxy bloom.. Blackthorn sloes are thin fleshed with a strong astringent flavour becoming sweeter with the first autumn frosts and can be used in preserves or infused with various spirits and sugar to make liquers, especially Sloe Gin. The Blackthorn plant has dark green foliage the leaves are oval with a serrated edge and yellow autumn hues.

Prunus Spinosa (Blackthorn hedge) is an accommodating plant and will grow successfully in all but very thin chalky soils and is best in full sun.

Blackthorn is usually seen in mixed country hedges, often with Quickthorn as the two species effectively ?knit? hedges together making them stockproof. When mixed with a variety of other native species a hedge with almost year interest and great wildlife value can be created.

A Blackthorn or Sloe hedge is also an effective barrier in its own right, when established a Blackthorn hedge will produce many suckers and make a dense and very thorny hedge. Blackthorn hedge plants should be planted 30-45cm (12-18ins) apart in a single row or for a really thick Blackthorn hedge a double staggered row with 45-60cm (18-24ins) between the plants and 38cm (15ins) between the rows. An established Blackthorn Sloe hedge may be trimmed at any time and can be kept at any height from 0.9-3m (3-10ft).

We will supply full cultural instructions with your order. We strongly recommend Rootgrow and Bonemeal to help establish newly planted trees, these may be found on the left hand menu.

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