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Blackthorn – Prunus spinosa


Prunus spinosa 

Blackthorn or sloe, is a species of flowering plant in the rose family Rosaceae. Native to Europe, western Asia, and locally in northwest Africa it is a prickly, deciduous hedging plant that provides seasonal interest,  producing white flowers in the spring and sloes in the autumn. It grows best in moist, well-drained soil and thrives in full sunlight though since the plant is hardy it grows in a wide range of conditions.

The shrub, with its long, sharp thorns, is traditionally used in Britain and other parts of northern Europe to make a cattle-proof hedge. The fruit is similar to a small damson or plum, suitable for preserves, but rather tart and astringent for eating, unless it is picked after the first few days of autumn frost.

Quantity Discount (%) Price
1 - 50 £1.20
51 - 100 20 % £0.96
101 - 500 30 % £0.84
501 - 1,000 40 % £0.72
1,001+ 50 % £0.60