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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.
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.
Supplied as a bare root plant pruned to approximately 2 - 3 feet (60 - 90 cm) tall including roots.