This species is traditionally associated with witchcraft but is best known for its fruits which are used to make sloe gin. It’s an excellent choice as a hedging shrub, providing interest throughout the year with white flowers during early spring and purple-black fruits (sloes) in late summer.
Estimate full grown height: 6-7 metres, growing an estimated 40-60cm each year.
Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
Value to wildlife: Blackthorn is an early flowering tree which provides a valuable source of nectar and pollen for bees in spring. Its foliage is a food plant for many insects and birds often nest among the dense, thorny thickets.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Moist, well-drained soil and prefers full sunlight.
UK and Ireland Sourced and Grown (UKISG): Every sapling that we provide is UK and Ireland sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK and Ireland, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
Learn more about this tree on our blackthorn species profile.