Blackthorn Hedging – Prunus Spinosa

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Prunus spinosa, commonly known as Blackthorn or Sloe, is a native British deciduous shrub that serves as a hardy and effective hedging plant. Known for its dense growth, white spring blossoms, and dark blue-black autumn berries, it stands apart from many other English trees.

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Blackthorn Hedging – Prunus spinosa

Prunus spinosa, commonly known as Blackthorn or Sloe, is a native British deciduous shrub that serves as a hardy and effective hedging plant. Known for its dense growth, white spring blossoms, and dark blue-black autumn berries, it stands apart from many other English trees.

Description and Characteristics

Blackthorn gets its name from its dark, almost black bark, and its sharp, robust thorns. It has small, oval leaves and its spiny, dense, and bushy nature makes it an excellent choice for secure hedging. In spring, it explodes with a froth of small, white flowers that appear before the leaves, making it a spectacular sight.

In a hedge, Blackthorn typically grows up to 2-3 metres (6-10 feet) if regularly maintained, but as a standalone tree, it can reach up to 6-7 metres (20-23 feet). Its growth rate is relatively fast for a hedging plant, averaging about 40-60cm (15-24 inches) per year. The lifespan of Blackthorn can extend up to hundreds of years.

Flowering, Berries, and Reproduction

Blackthorn is one of the first shrubs to flower in spring, producing clusters of small, white, hermaphroditic flowers that are pollinated by bees and other insects. This early bloom provides a valuable nectar source when many other plants have yet to flower.

In autumn, the plant produces sloes – small, blue-black, tart berries. These are extremely astringent and are typically used to flavour sloe gin, a popular British liqueur. The berries contain one seed and are primarily dispersed by birds and other animals that eat them.

Benefits to Wildlife

Blackthorn hedging provides an invaluable habitat for wildlife. Its dense, thorny structure offers shelter and nesting sites for birds, and its early flowers are a vital source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators. In autumn and winter, birds and small mammals feast on the nutrient-rich sloes.

Ideal for British Gardens

Blackthorn is a fantastic addition to British gardens. Its dense, thorny growth makes it an excellent choice for secure, wildlife-friendly hedging or as a windbreak. Its early white flowers and autumn berries provide year-round interest and its hardy nature means it can thrive in a wide range of soils and conditions, including coastal areas.

Distribution in the UK

Blackthorn is widespread across the UK and is a common feature in the British countryside. It’s often found in hedgerows, woodlands, and scrubland, and is particularly prevalent in chalk and limestone soils.

In conclusion, Blackthorn hedging, with its seasonal interest, wildlife benefits, and robust nature, makes a practical and aesthetically pleasing addition to British gardens. Whether you want a dense, secure hedge or to attract wildlife, Blackthorn is a fantastic choice.

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STANDARD DELIVERY TYPES

Box/Parcel – Used for plants sized 0-70cm, costs £12. Order £100 worth of plants of that size to qualify for free delivery! Parcel deliveries are always sent for next day delivery unless otherwise specified.

Pallet – Used for plants sized 71-230cm, costs £60. Order £350 worth of plants to qualify for free pallet delivery! We always send our pallets for next day delivery, unless requested otherwise.

Private Van – Used for plants sized 231cm and taller, costs £60. Order £350 worth to get free private van delivery!

In all cases you can request a private van delivery, where your plants are delivered by us. Upon your request we can re-evaluate your delivery fee and let you know of the delivery time.

Please note, for pallet and box deliveries we use third party companies to deliver the goods. Not often, but occasionally some delays may happen due to unforeseen circumstances, which are out of our control. For this reason, we ask you to never book gardeners, contractors, or other industry professionals for the estimated delivery date. Please do not book days off work or cancel other commitments specifically for your plant delivery to avoid disappointment.

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If you have any special requirements regarding your delivery, please add it to your order notes or call us on 01603 327269. Always include any delivery restrictions into your order note so appropriate vehicles and good carriers can be used to deliver your plants.

Please note that we currently are unable to deliver to Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland due to Brexit rules and regulations.

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