Dear All, Just to say many thanks for the safe arrival of StopgroG8, and the splendid willows. These were much better than I expected - not spindly twiglets, but superb, strong plants with good roots. Brilliant! They're budding already.
Sue Patel - Maguire, Telford, Shrophire
The Sloe bush Prunus spinosa, also know as the Blackthorn tree, produces small plum-like fruits known as 'drupes' in autumn. These sloe fruits (which are often mis-described as berries) are usually added to gin (along with a sizeable amount of sugar!) or vodka, and make a great addition to homemade preserves.
An Autumn frost will help to sweeten these extremely tart fruits, which we don't recommend are eaten raw! Prunus spinosa can be grown as a sloe bush if pruned at 6-8 feet in height, or left to its own devices will reach around 16 feet (5 metres) tall.
Sometimes known as Blackthorn. Clouds of white flowers are followed by the astringent blue-black fruits. Ideal for jams, jellies - and of course sloe gin.
Available from approximately mid November 2014
Supplied as a bare root plant pruned to approximately 2 - 3 feet (60 - 90 cm) tall including roots.