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Prunus spinosa, Sloe

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Sd 40-60cm
Sd 60-90cm
Tr 60-90cm
Tr 90-120cm
Cg 20-60cm
  • Plant Types & Availability - More information

    Sd = Bare Root Seedling, Tr = Bare Root Transplant, Cg = Cell Grown

    All prices include VAT at 20%.

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, attractive to bees, appear in March before the small, slender leaves which are wrinkled and downy when young. In autumn the tree or hedge will carry many 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 90cm - 3m (3 - 10ft). Plant 45cm (1.5ft) apart.

TREE/SHRUB 4 x 3m (13 x 10ft) in 20 years, ultimate height 4m (13ft).

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Blackthorn is available as:

Sd = Bare Root Seedling
Tr = Bare Root Transplant
Cg = Cell Grown

Bare-Root Plants (including Seedlings and Transplants)

Bare-root plants are sold without a pot/soil around the roots. This is a more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of growing plants. To ensure the best plant health we do not store our plants in cold storage, but they are left in our field or plant beds until they are ready for packing or collection.

Seedlings are grown from seed and are typically 1-2 years old. Transplanted plants have been lifted from the ground and replanted. This encourages a better fibrous root system and makes the plant stronger and bushier.

Cell Grown Plants

These plants are grown in small polythene pots (or cells) and can be planted at any time of the year.


Cell Grown are generally available all year. Bare rooted plants are only available when the plants are dormant (typically from late November to March).

If a plant is currently out of stock because it is out of season (for example, bare rooted plants in summer) or we have sold out but we are expecting more to be available you can pre-order the plant. We only charge credit/debit cards when an order is despatched, not when an order is placed.

Planting Distances for planting as a Hedge

We recommend planting Blackthorn in a single row 45cm/18ins apart.

To calculate the number of plants needed for a length of hedging, click on Planting Distance Calculator above.

Planting Guide & RootGrow

We recommend planting with RootGrow. The recommended amount for RootGrow for an order will be shown in your shopping basket.

We will send out a planting guide with your order, you also can find a guide to planting here.


Hedging - As a general rule, plants grown for hedging need pruning to encourage side branching. Usually the harder a plant is pruned the bushier it will be. If they are not pruned there is a danger that the hedges will be thin and bare at the base and that the tips of the plants will die back. If the plant is naturally bushy, less or sometimes no pruning will be needed to achieve a dense hedge.

Blackthorn: Cut back by about one half or more, and again during the second winter.

    • SKU
  • Native/Wildlife/Evergreen
    • RHS Plants for Pollinators
    • Good for Wildlife/Bees
    • Native
    • Evergreen/Deciduous
  • Soil and position
    • Suitable for any normal soil and position, and
      Suitable for Costal Areas
      Suitable for Windy Sites
  • Plant Height and Growth
    • Hedge Height
      0.9-3m (3-10ft)
    • Approx. Ultimate Height
      4m (13ft)
    • Average Growth per Year
      45-60cm (1.5-2ft)
  • Root Type/Plant Size
    • Root Type/Plant Size
      Bare Root Seedling, 40-60cm (16-24ins)
      Bare Root Seedling, 60-90cm (2-3ft)
      Bare Root Transplant, 60-90cm (2-3ft)
      Bare Root Transplant, 90-120cm (3-4ft)
      10 Cell Grown Plants, 20-60cm (8-24ins)
    • Potted/Bare Root
      Cell Grown
      Bare Root