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The natural choice for British gardens

The Blackthorn, scientifically known as Prunus spinosa, is a native British plant often referred to as Sloe. This hardy shrub is renowned for its versatility and is a popular choice for hedging across the UK. With its dense growth and thorny branches, Blackthorn not only creates a robust boundary but also adds a touch of natural beauty to any landscape.

Physical Features

Blackthorn showcases a profusion of white blossoms in spring, followed by dark blue sloe berries in the autumn. Its dark, thorny branches give it a distinctive appearance, making it a striking addition to gardens and larger landscapes alike.


Benefits of Blackthorn Hedging

  • For you: Blackthorn is a cost-effective and low-maintenance choice. Its hardiness ensures longevity, providing value for money.

  • For the Garden: Whether you have a small garden or a vast landscape, Blackthorn hedging can be tailored to fit. It provides privacy, windbreaks, and a natural barrier against intruders.

  • For the Farm: Blackthorn acts as a natural livestock barrier, preventing animals from straying.

  • For Local Wildlife: This plant is a haven for wildlife. Its blossoms attract pollinators, while its berries provide food for birds and mammals.

  • For the Countryside & Environment: Blackthorn supports biodiversity and helps in soil conservation. Its roots prevent soil erosion, making it an environmentally friendly choice.


Other Uses of Blackthorn

Beyond hedging, the Blackthorn's sloe berries are used to make the famous Sloe Gin. The wood, being hard and durable, is also used for crafting walking sticks and as firewood.


Planting and Care Guidance

  • Best Time to Plant: Autumn is the ideal time for planting Blackthorn to ensure root establishment before winter.

  • Planting Advice: Ensure the soil is well-drained. Space the plants about 45cm apart for a dense hedge.

  • Care & Maintenance: Blackthorn requires minimal care. Prune in late winter or early spring to maintain shape and encourage new growth.



Blackthorn is more than just a hedging plant. It's an embodiment of British countryside charm, offering myriad benefits to the environment, wildlife, and the landowner. With over two decades of experience, Plants Direct SW is your trusted partner in choosing the right hedging solutions.

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