Blackthorn ‘Prunus spinosa’ – Bare Root

Famously used to flavour sloe gin, Blackthorn is one of the first signs of Spring and flowers from March to April, the beautiful white blossoms can often be confused with Hawthorn but the difference can be noted as with Blackthorn the flowers appear before the leaves. It is seen alongside road verges and in scrub and woodland borders and is too often flailed before it can be of benefit to those creatures that rely on it.  The flowers attract many insects and the berries are a great food source, encouraging Fieldfares and Redwings. Purchase this as part of a pack of 10, 50 or 100 bare root trees. All specimens will be 2 year old plants, around 40-60cm tall. 60cm spiral guards and 90cm bamboo canes are recommended for each plants to protect from rabbit damage. Can be planted as individual trees or used to create wildlife friendly hedging.

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If using as a hedge: All species in a wildlife hedge can be cut back or “Coppiced” without harm. In the 1st year after establishment the hedge can be cut back to stimulate growth of the hedge from the base thereafter cut every 2-3 years. If the weather is unsuitable for planting or receiving the hedging, dig a hole and bury the roots of the bunched plants, they can be held like that till planting. After planting it is advantageous to mulch the hedge with lawn mowing or leaf mould to suppress weeds and also be done with plastic or carpet cuts and covered with soil.

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