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Blackthorn in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Prunus Spinosa

 

Blackthorn

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) is native to Europe, western Asia, and parts of northwest Africa.It is a prickly deciduous hedging plant that flowers before the leaves emerge. The flowers are white on black stems, and the leaves are oval and dark green. In late Summer fruit looking like small damsons appear, with a blue 'bloom', but turning black and shiny. The fruit is popular for making sloe gin.

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plant Features
  • Blackthorn likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Blackthorn likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Blackthorn is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Blackthorn likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Blackthorn

Latin name

Prunus Spinosa

type

Deciduous trees or shrubs

family

Rosaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Blackthorn likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Blackthorn is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Blackthorn likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Blackthorn likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Blackthorn is 3.50meters x 3.00meters 3.50 M 3.00 M

Prunus Spinosa

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) is native to Europe, western Asia, and parts of northwest Africa.It is a prickly deciduous hedging plant that flowers before the leaves emerge. The flowers are white on black stems, and the leaves are oval and dark green. In late Summer fruit looking like small damsons appear, with a blue 'bloom', but turning black and shiny. The fruit is popular for making sloe gin.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Blackthorn hedge plants are suitable for most soils (including coastal), even poor soils and heavy soils (and is more suitable for heavy soils than Hawthorn) as long as it is not grown in a waterlogged situation. It likes a sunny position and is not suitable for full shade

 
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