Blackthorn is a dense, somewhat prickly, native, deciduous hedging plant. Blackthorn blossoms very early, brightening up hedgerows at a dull time of year, with masses of pure white flowers carried on its black stems. It then has mid to dark green oval-shaped leaves throughout the summer and its fruit are called sloes and are like small damsons.
- The density of Blackthorn is excellent for providing shelter for birds and other wildlife
- Blackthorn hedge plants are suitable for most soils (including coastal), even poor soils and heavy soils `as long as it is not grown in a waterlogged situation.
- It likes a sunny position and is not suitable for full shade