About Blackthorn Hedging Plants
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) is a deciduous hedge known for its small, white flowers in early spring, followed by deep blue-black sloes. It adds a rugged and wild beauty to your garden, making it an excellent choice for informal and rustic landscapes.
Blackthorn Trees provide valuable shelter, nesting sites, and food for a variety of wildlife, including birds, butterflies, and small mammals, enhancing the ecological diversity of your garden.
Also commonly called Sloe Berry trees, these hedging plants offer year-round visual appeal, with white spring blossoms, dark green leaves in summer, and sloes that ripen in autumn. Even in winter, they maintain their graceful structure.
Blackthorn is a versatile choice, adaptable to various soil types and conditions, making it a dependable option for gardens with diverse growing conditions.
What size Blackthorn Hedging Plants do you do?
How to plant a Blackthorn Hedging plants?
Trim the roots slightly before planting, as this will encourage healthier growth.
Dig a trenched hole in the ground in the shape of a ‘V’, deep enough for the bare root to sit comfortably so the ‘tide mark’ of the root is level with the ground. This marks the level where the bare root was previously planted before lifting for delivery. We recommend adding Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi at this stage to help the plant establish well.
Ensure the roots are completely covered in soil, then firm the soil around, as water will gather in any remaining air pockets and potentially damage the roots when it freezes.
How far apart do I plant Blackthorn Hedging plants when making a hedge?
For an impressive display when planting multiple hedges, place five per metre. For a thicker hedge, plant seven per metre.
Fancy checking out our other varieties of hedging plants?
If you need advice on what hedging variety is best for you, then have a read of Our Ultimate Guide to Hedging Plants on our blog here.
Still can't decide?
Then why not opt for one of our native hedging plant collections.