The sloe (prunus spinosa or Blackthorn) is the wild tiny plum from Europe, very acid and with only a couple of mm of flesh around the seed, the sloe comes into it's own making sloe gin. The ripe fruit is packed into a large jar after each being pricked with a needle several times - then sugar added and covered with Gin. Let it stand for 3 months, take out the sloes and let the juice mature for 12 months (if you can!).
Please note that sloes are susceptible to transplant shock. New leaf may not appear as late as summer or even Autumn following spring planting. Ensure the tree doesnt dry out during transplanting, nor get over-watered or planted in ground susceptible to water logging.
These are difficult to propagate - only seedlings are available, ultimately will grow into larger trees (4-5m) but are better at making hedges.
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|Fertility||Self-Fertile (produces viable pollen)|
|Growth Habit||Free standing tree growing to around 2 - 3.5m tall and 3-4m wide.|
|Chill Tolerance||Normal chill|
|Plant Sizes||Normal: approx 70-130cm bare rooted; Small: approx 50-70cm bare rooted|
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