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Prunus spinosa

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A dense and prickly native shrub, Prunus spinosa is covered with masses of pretty, small white flowers in early spring followed by small, black, damson-like fruit in autumn. An excellent plant for including in native hedging and woodland planting.

Supplied bare root - not in containers.
Size: bundles of 50 bare root plants, (approx 40 - 60 cm tall).
Available from late November to February.

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Prunus spinosa | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
1 litre × 50

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Plant Finder: about Prunus spinosa

Common names

Blackthorn, Sloe


Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn). A thorny species to 3.5-4.5m found throughout temperate Eurasia and in North Africa. Has toothed 5cm long leaves and profuse small white flowers borne singly or occasionally in pairs on the leafless branches in early spring. Prune-like fruit to 1.2cm follow. Excellent for making tart jam.


You should plant in moist, well-drained soil in full sun, remember to protection from strong winds. Propagation is from grafting or from seeds.

Interest and use

Banks, hedging, specimen, medicinal, woodland Suitable for coastal conditions.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Prunus spinosa | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -35°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Boggy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
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