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Sloe "Blackthorn" - Seedling

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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Specifications

Ripening Time March
Fertility Self-Fertile (produces viable pollen)
Growth Habit Free standing tree growing to around 2 - 3.5m tall and 3-4m wide.
Rootstock Not grafted
Chill Tolerance Normal chill
Plant Sizes Normal: approx 70-130cm bare rooted; Small: approx 50-70cm bare rooted

Pollination Guide

  • Pollination is far simpler than most people think. Generally, unless self fertile simply get 2 or more different varieties in the same group (eg pears) to ensure adequate pollination. A more comprehensive explanation can be found in our Pollination Guide
  • More information on Espaliering
  • More information in our Articles and on planting and pruning.
  • Answers to Common Questions.

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Sloe  "Blackthorn" - Seedling

Sloe "Blackthorn" - Seedling

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