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Blackthorn 90/120cm bare root

Prunus spinosa

Blackthorn 90/120cm bare root (Pre-Order Nov-19)
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Blackthorn 90/120cm bare root

Prunus spinosa

Price: 1.89 (Including VAT at 20%)
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) is a dense, somewhat prickly, native deciduous hedging plant suitable either as a component in a mixed native hedge or as a single species hedgeMore InformationMore Information
  • 12 Month Plant Guarantee
  • Fast Growth Rate
  • Blue Flowers
  • Deciduous
  • Grows to 4m
  • Has Berries
  • Native
  • Prickly
  • Planting Conditions: Suitable for normal, clay or chalk soils, full sun to semi shade and inland, coastal or exposed sites
  • Growth Rate: Fast growing, expect 40-60cm per year
  • Height: Easily maintained at 1-4m

Product Details
Product Details

Blackthorn Hedge Plant (Prunus spinosa) Description

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. The sloes start off with a blue bloom but then darken to shiny black and are bitter until after the first heavy frost. Collect in November for sloe gin if the birds haven't already taken them.

The density of Blackthorn is excellent for providing shelter for birds and other wildlife. Blackthorn hedge plants are suitable for most soils (including coastal), even poor soils and heavy soils (and is more suitable for heavy soils than Hawthorn) as long as it is not grown in a waterlogged situation. It likes a sunny position and is not suitable for full shade. See also our range of hedging for exposed sites.

As one of the most commonly found UK native hedging species, Blackthorn is a main component of our Mixed Native Hedging selection. See our full range of Mixed Native Hedging Packs for more information.

For alternatives to Blackthorn, see the 'also recommended' list below. However, if you still need help to decide which hedge is the right one for you, we'd recommend that you visit our Choosing the Right Species page which has suggestions and alternatives for every situation

Further Information
Further Information

You’ll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed in the product grid. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long you’re willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.

For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section.

Pruning Advice
Pruning Advice

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) hedge trimming should be done twice a year in late Winter and early Spring.

Delivery & Returns
Delivery & Returns

Free delivery is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:

Packaging TypeStandard Delivery ChargeMinimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery
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Large/Tall Box18 delivery charge (orders up to 120 incl VAT)Orders of 120 and over - FREE
Pallet60 delivery charge (orders up to 240 incl VAT)Orders of 240 and over - FREE

There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page

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Hedges Direct 12 Month Plant Guarantee

Our plants are guaranteed for 12 months after delivery subject to specific criteria. Visit our Hedges Direct Plant Guarantee Page for full details.
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