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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.

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Sloe Bush

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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.

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