A thorny native hedging plant which responds well to pruning and can make an impenetrable barrier. A mass of brilliant white flowers bloom in late winter or early spring followed by small blue-black edible fruits in the autumn.
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- Flower Colour: white
- Foliage Colour: dark green turning to in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: 3m (10ft)
- Flowering Period: spring
- Tolerance: exposure tolerant, frost resistant, drought tolerant
- Growing Habit: upright, bushy
- Hardiness: hardy
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Final Size if Untrimmed: small tree
- Wildlife: attracts bees and other insects.
- Arrives bare-root at a height of 45-60cm (1’6”-2ft)
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: all soils
- Moisture: moist but well-drained
- Planting Distance: 60cm (2ft)
Blackthorn can be planted from November to March, when the hedge is dormant. Ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free.
Caring and Maintenance
Should be pruned in winter, just after planting, and for two years after that. On planting, cut back leading shoots and side shoots by one-third, cutting to a well placed bud. Repeat this in the second winter to prevent straggly growth and thicken up the hedge base. Then trim every June after that.
Can maintain at over 180cm (6ft).