Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) has a mid green leaf and white flowers in spring which develop into black fruit (sloes) in winter. The common name “blackthorn” is due to the thorny nature of the shrub, and its very dark bark.
The Blackthorn has sharp thorns and is therefore good to include in a hedge if a degree of security is required as well as privacy.
Blackthorn hedge plants are also a good choice to include in a mixed native hedge as it is appealing to wildlife. An unfussy plant, Blackthorn is tolerant of most soil conditions and should be planted at a rate of five plants per metre.
Our stocks of Blackthorn hedge plants are continually changing so please contact us for sizes and plants not listed here.
Bare root plants available from October to April.
For additional information see our page on planting tips, pruning and after care advice