About This Plant

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) is a deciduous shrub native to Europe and western Asia. It’s known for its thorny branches, white spring blossoms, and small dark blue or blackish fruits called sloes. These fruits are used in making sloe gin, and blackthorn wood has historical uses in crafting walking sticks and traditional instruments.

The Story


The leaves of the Blackthorn are usually oval to elliptical with finely serrated margins. They are dark green that turn yellow in the autumn before falling.


Prunus spinosa produces fragrant, white flowers with five petals in early spring (March to May). The flowers are typically solitary or in small clusters along the branches. The plant bears small, dark purple to black fruit known as sloes. The fruit is about 1 cm in diameter and sour, it is often used in the production of sloe gin and jams.
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