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.
Blackthorn is a valuable addition to a native farm hedging mix. Mixed native farm hedges are excellent for attracting birds and other wildlife as hedges play host to insects, berries and other sources of food for wildlife. Native mixed hedges also offer winter protection for wildlife.
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