Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn)
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) are often seen in hedgerows, often mistalken for hawthorn.
Blackthorn is the first of the two to flower, typically emerging as white blossom seen in hedgrows and road verges in early spring arounnd march and april. These offer lovely splashed of white which upclose are stunning little blooms. These flowers are fantastic for bees and early pollinators. Later in the year berries known as sloes emerge. Ready to harvest late in the year these are bitter to the taste but are well known in making sloe gin. Also a fantastic food source for birds and small mammals, making this a great wildlife shrub.
These do have thorns so dont plant where you may catch yourself.
They are easy to grow and tolerant of most conditions even exposed coastal or moorland areas.
These enter dormancy as bare stems in winter.
Plants come in 1 litre pots approximately 30cm tall.