Prunus spinosa – Blackthorn

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Prunus spinosa – Blackthorn Hedging

Prunus spinosa - Blackthorn - plants & all aspects of hedging including box hedging within the Chichester Winchester Tangmere Bognor Portsmouth Bournemouth Guildford Andover Southampton Brighton West Sussex Hampshire Surrey Dorset New Forest Greater London Wiltshire areas

Prunus spinosa – Blackthorn – Pot Grown

Botanical Name Common Name Sizes Supplied Item Price (£) + VAT Pot
Prunus spinosa Blackthorn 40-60cm POA 2ltr
Prunus spinosa Blackthorn 60-90cm POA 2ltr
Prunus spinosa Blackthorn 80-100cm POA 2ltr

Prunus spinosa – Blackthorn – Bare Root & Root Ball

Botanical Name Common Name Sizes Supplied Item Price (£) + VAT Type
Prunus spinosa Blackthorn 60-100cm 0.80 BR

Key: BR = Bare Root | (Available November to March – Min Order 50 no. )

Details / Key Facts

Prunus spinosa – Blackthorn, is a dense, somewhat prickly, native deciduous hedging plant suitable either as a component in a mixed native hedge or as a single species hedge. Blackthorn blossoms very early (before its leaves) brightening up hedgerows at a dull time of the year with masses of pure white flowers carried on its black stems. It then has mid to dark green oval shaped leaves throughout the summer and its fruit are called sloes and are like small damsons.

Key Facts

  • Common name: Blackthorn
  • Botanical name: Prunus spinosa
  • Group: Hedge 
  • Flowering time: Spring
  • Soil: Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
  • Height and spread: 2.5-4 metres and 2.5-4 metres
  • Aspect: South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing. Full Sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Difficulty: Easy


Native Mixed hedging is traditionally made up of 50% hawthorn & blackthorn, with remaining 50% split between the other varieties.

Minimum order 50 plants of each variety.

Recommend 5 plants per metre in a double staggered row.

How To Grow

Langley Horticulture recommend 5 plants per metre in a double staggered row. Easy to grow native shrub or small tree, that can be used for hedging. Grows in any moist well-drained soil in full sun

Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat or propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Low Maintenance Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens Coastal


Prunus spinosa can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

Further Information
Prunus spinosa is a small thorny deciduous tree with dark green, ovate leaves, and small white flowers in early spring, followed by ovoid, bloomy black fruits 1.5cm across


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