Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)
Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, is my favourite hedge plant, slow growing but suckering freely (unlike Hawthorn) and having needle like spines, which make it a mixed blessing for hedge layers. Don't plant Blackthorn close to a lawn or, like us, you'll have spiky Blackthorn suckers coming up under your feet. Blackthorn is tough as old boots, and as a hedge plant lays well and forms a good stockproof - and people proof - barrier.
Blackthorn's habit makes it a fabulous refuge for small birds and mammals, who feast on its sloes, and a raft of moth and butterfly caterpillars feed on it too. Among the lepidoptera for which Blackthorn is a foodplant are the Brown and Black Hairstreak, Small Tortoiseshell and Short-cloaked moth. Its prolific white flowers are an important nectar source in early spring, contrasting with its near black bark to make for a lovely effect.
Blackthorn wood is hard and prized for walking sticks, and was also said to have been used for the crown of thorns. It's main value for us, however, is the sloe gin - a vital part of our Christmas!
Provenance certificates are available on request for Blackthorn plants, which are from the Southwest of England.
Supplier : Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
50% of our profit on sales of Blackthorn plants is donated to The Tree Council
See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting Blackthorn.
These Blackthorn plants are all bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March ( please ask if you are interested in pot grown plants). During the lifting season there may be up to two week?s delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders placed for Blackthorn between March and October are confirmed for dispatch from November.