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Prunus spinosa

blackthorn - 40-60cm tall (2 years old bare root hedging)

Eventual height & spread

Prunus spinosa

blackthorn - 40-60cm tall (2 years old bare root hedging)

  • available to order from autumn
  • 25 plants - 60-80cm
  • £39.99
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This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: any soil (except water-logged)
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: March
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Known for their beautiful cloudy plumes of snow-white flowers in early spring, blackthorns characterise the spring landscape. Later in the year, rich, inky-black fruits appear along with the sloe pickers, gathering harvests for the delicious, syrupy tincture — sloe gin!

    Our plants are 2 years old. They have been grown for 1 year in a seed bed, before being lifted and grown on for another year in a larger field - as this process encourages a healthy fibrous root system. The plants are then lifted and graded (at between 40-60cm tall), which is a great size to plant hedges to get good establishment.

    To find out more about how to plant a hedge, click here

  • Garden care: For best results, plant these bareroot plants out as soon as they arrive into well prepared soil. Keep well watered until well established, and trim in milder periods throughout the winter.