Blackthorn Hedge Plants, also known by their Latin name Prunus spinosa, produce pure white flowers against dark stems in early spring, followed by attractive mid-green foliage, and finally, sloes appearing in the autumn. Often devoured by birds, these sloes can be collected and used to make Sloe Gin, or when left to adorn the branches, they provide wonderful seasonal interest. Prunus spinosa hedge plants are covered in thorns and are popular in native mixes.
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The showy white flowers of Blackthorn provide a welcome burst of brightness against the bare branches of these hedge plants in early spring and attract a variety of wildlife, particularly bees and birds. Small, black sloes appear in autumn and stand out against the decorative ovate leaves. Blackthorn is native to the UK and provides a dense, bushy feature shrub with thorny branches that are great for adding texture to your garden.
Blackthorn hedging is easy to grow, tolerant of most soil types and well suited to a moist, free-draining position in full sun. Prunus spinosa hedge plants are popularly used as a base in mixed native hedging as they provide wildlife interest and work wonderfully when used to create a cottage garden/informal look. Prunus spinosa has thorny stems and can make a good intruder deterrent hedge, whilst being able to handle coastal situations due to its hardy nature.
Prunus spinosa hedge plants can be grown alone for a uniform look or combined with other native plants to create a diverse garden feature, see our mixed hedging packs for readymade bundles.
Blackthorn hedging is fast growing and able to achieve about 40-60cms of growth each year. Prunus spinosa is best suited to hedges with a height between 1-4 metres.
Prunus spinosa hedge plants require little attention once planted. However, we do recommend trimming your hedge after the sloes have been harvested, or in late winter. Please view our Hedging Care Advice page for more information.
For information on our planting density guidelines for Blackthorne, please see the product table below. In the 'No. Per Metre' column you will find our recommended plant density for each individual species and root type.
Our Blackthorn hedging plants are available to purchase year round as Pot Grown and Cell Grown Plants. Or, from November to mid/late May, Prunus spinosa hedge plants can be ordered in their bare root form, with cold stored plants being used towards the end of the season.
The best part of our Blackthorn hedges are UK grown by our hands-on experts who have years of nursery growing experience. On the odd occasion that we source Prunus spinosa hedge plants from outside of the UK, we make every effort to ensure our overseas suppliers are unbeaten on quality. At Best4hedging, we endeavour to make sure that your Blackthorn plants arrive in the freshest condition and that they are of the highest standard, whilst protecting our wonderful prices. Rest assured, you can buy Blackthorn hedging online with complete confidence.