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Sloe 'Southampton Selection'

Prunus spinosa, Blackthorn

Hardy Shrub

Also known as Blackthorn, this thorny native shrub is well known for its small stone fruits or 'sloes' which are popular for making fruit liqueurs! Sloe 'Southampton Selection' grows into a more manageable tree or shrub than the wild form and produces heavier crops. Masses of fabulous white blossom in early spring is followed by spherical blue-black fruits which ripen in October. Although unpleasant eaten raw, sloe berries are fantastic for making sloe gin, jellies and puddings. Grow sloe bushes as part of a mixed hedge, in a shrub border or in wildlife gardens where the spring blossom provides an early source of nectar and pollen for bees. Also copes well with coastal conditions. Height: 5m (16'). Spread: 4m (13').

Ideal For:
kitchen garden, hedges, wildlife gardens
Flowering Period:
March, April
full sun
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Plant blackthorn trees directly into well drained, sunny borders. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole and drive a stake into the ground to support the tree. Staking after planting may result in damage to the root ball. Plant fruit trees at their original soil level and firm them into the ground. Fasten the tree to the stake using a tree tie, and water well.

Fruit trees do not suffer weed competition well. Keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the tree. In spring, while the ground is moist, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around the base of the tree, taking care not to mound it up against the stem. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer. Water sloe bushes during particularly dry periods.

Blackthorn bushes require only light pruning in mid-summer. Simply remove any damaged, diseased or crossing shoots and any wayward branches. Care should be taken when pruning blackthorn to avoid winter pruning as this can leave them prone to silver leaf disease.

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