The fruit of Blackthorn are sloes which can be used to make sloe gin. Blackthorn can be grown as part of a hedge or left to form a small tree.
It is the food plant of various moths and used by birds to nest in. The flowers provide nectar for some butterflies in spring. It is also the caterpillar food plant of the Black Hairstreak and Brown Hairstreak butterflies and the latter lays its eggs on the Blackthorn shoots - so please only trim one side of the hedge each year. The eggs are white and the size of a pinhead.
Bare-root plants are available at 40-60 cm or 60-90 cm size.
PLEASE NOTE: Minimum order for Hedgerow Plants is 30 plants. (This could be 10 each of 3 different species.) If ordering in addition to a Hedgerow Collection, then any number can be ordered. Despatches will start in late November.