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Prunus spinosa | Blackthorn Hedging

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A winter-flowering Prunus hedge, wonderful for making secure hedging

Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn), is a thorny native hedging plant which responds well to pruning and is wonderful for security. In late winter, abundant white flowers will cover the plant. These will be followed by small, blue-black berries in the autumn.

  • Supplied As:  Bare root
  • Height on Arrival:  50 - 80cm
  • Features:  White flowers, abundant thorny foliage
  • Habit:  Upright, bushy
  • Deciduous?:  Yes

Your hedging plant will be sent directly from our trusted grower. This means that you'll receive a nursery fresh plant which was on the growing table one day, and at your door the following. Our expert nursery has spent decades perfecting the art of watering, feeding, and pruning shrubs and trees, and will do so until hours before they are packed.

Due to its bushy habit and thorny foliage, Blackthorn is a wonderful hedging plant for security. It is also highly ornamental with its white blossom and dark berries. Below we address its care needs:

  • Blackthorn can be planted between November and March (when dormant). Before planting, make sure that your chosen site is clear and free of any weeds.
  • Most soil types are suitable, as long as they are well-drained. We do recommend planting in full sun however.
  • Prune in winter, just after planting, and for two years after that. When planting, cut back leading shoots and side shoots by one-third 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. You can maintain this hedging plant at over 180cm (6ft).

Please note, as part of protecting our treasured wildlife, always check for birds nests and other animals that may be in your hedge before you prune.

The key is to regularly water newly-planted plants, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing between bushes, which is determined by a shrub's eventual height and spread.

Bare root and containerised plants have differing planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak the roots in water for up to two hours before planting, and with containerised plants, you should drench their rootball. For bare root plants, it is also beneficial to prune any woody roots back a few inches, and if you have a containerised plant, you should free any spiralized roots that are growing around the rootball's circumference. When planting, bare root plants need a graft point that is above the soil, but for containerised plants, it is better to have their pot sitting no less than an inch below the ground.

Bare root and containerised plants also share some of their planting needs; dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball, and fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil. After this, add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. After providing a generous watering, you can finish with a later of mulch, but keep it from touching your plant's stems.

Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.

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Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No