Deciduous shrub or small tree
Height & spread
5m x 4m (but smaller depending on size of hedge)
Bird (fruits and shelter), bee, butterfly nectar, butterfly caterpillar and moth caterpillar plant
- Native. A suckering, thorny shrub, useful for creating a dense base to the hedge.
- White flowers on bare stems from March to April are followed by small, plum-like fruits known as sloes.
- Fruits eaten by pheasants, woodpigeons, waxwings, thrushes, starlings and crows. Stones sometimes eaten by tits and finches
- Nest site for Blackbird, Song Thrush, Finches, Common Whitethroat and Woodpigeon, also used by Yellowhammer and Long-tailed Tit.
- Butterfly plant. Black-Veined White, Black Hairstreak and Brown Hairstreak Butterfly food plant.
- Bee and bumblebee plant.
- Mottled Pug, Green-brindled Crescent, Chinese Character, Lackey, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Magpie, Swallow-tailed, Yellow-tail, Brimstone, Sloe Carpet, Lunar Thorn and Scalloped Moth food plant.
- A myriad of other insects can also be found on blackthorn.