Blackthorn

Prunus spinosa

Sloe, Draenen Ddu, Sloe Plum, Buckthorn, Bullace, Skeg, Snag, Sloe Of Europe

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Prunus spinosa is a small, thorny, deciduous tree species commonly known as Blackthorn. Its from the rose family, Rosaceae and it produces oval-shaped, dark green foliage and pretty white flowers early in the spring. Flowers measure around 1.5cm across, they have 5 petals coloured white and the flowers form before the leaves. Flowers lead onto blue-black drupe fruits known commonly as sloes, these measure approximately 1-1.2cm across and they are covered in a waxy substance. They ripen during the autumn and are commonly harvested in October-November in the UK. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
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Planning

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Europe, Eurasia.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Rosaceae

Flower colour

White

Related Problems

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