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Prunus spinosa, Sloe

Suitable for any normal soil and position and the following 
Ultimate Height13ft (4m)Exposed/WindyYes
Hedge Height3-10ft (0.9-3m)Damp ShadeNo
Av. Growth/Year*1ft (30cm)Dry ShadeNo
Wet SitesYes
NativeYesCoastal AreasYes
EvergreenNoChalky SoilNo

Av. Growth/Year* = Average growth per year in first 10-20 years, click here for more details.

BLACKTHORN (Prunus spinosa) (Sloe)
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Masses of white flowers on black stems in March.

Dense, prickly, native, deciduous plant with new shoots finely downy becoming smooth by winter, purple in sun or green in shade. Many side shoots end with vicious thorns. Masses of snow-white flowers appear in March before the leaves. These are followed by sloes which turn from purple to black in autumn and remain intensely sour into the winter. Any soil, but will thrive on quite poor soil and also heavy soils.
HEDGE Trim as necessary. For hedges 3-10ft (0.9-3m). Plant 18ins (45cm) apart.
TREE/SHRUB 13ft x 10ft (4m x 3m) in 20 years, ultimate height 13ft (4m).

 Price per plant for

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 Sd 16-24ins
1.190.690.600.51 In Stock
 Sd 2-3ft
1.290.790.700.60 In Stock
 Tr 2-3ft
1.791.291.181.02 In Stock
 Tr 3-4ft
2.291.791.661.44 In Stock
 Pg 2-3L 
2-3L Pot
Limited stock available
 Cg 8-24ins
Limited stock available.

Tr = Transplanted, click here for more details.
Sd = Bare rooted seedling.
Pg = Pot grown.
Cg = Bundle of 10 cell-grown plants, click here for more details.

We can only sell bare-rooted plants when they are dormant. Orders for bare-rooted plants will be sent when the plants are dormant again (depending on the weather this is normally in November). We still have a wide range of pot grown and cell grown plants available for despatch or collection.

We don't charge your credit card for goods until they are about to be despatched. Orders received before October will be charged at this season's prices. We process orders on a first come, first served basis so to get your plants as early as possible please place your order now.


Please enter length of hedge you require below. The number of plants and price for these will then be shown on the right hand side.

Length of Hedge

Cell grown plants only available in packs of 10, so the price shown is for the number of packs required to get at least the number of plants shown.

Planting Distance18ins/45cm
No Plants 
Sd  16-24ins
Sd   2-3ft
Tr   2-3ft
Tr   3-4ft
Pg 2-3L   
2-3L Pot
CG  8-24ins

The Garden Centre is currently open 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday - Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, for more information see www.buckinghamgardencentre.co.uk.

Where possible please contact us by email as we have reduced number of staff available to answer phone calls. The mail order office is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Bare-rooted plants (marked br or tr) can only be sent when they are dormant (November March).

All prices include VAT where applicable.

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