Belongs to: rose family

Blackthorn Prunus spinosa

Also known as: may

Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A ferociously spiny shrub that suckers to form dense thickets

White flowers appear before the leaves from late March on, producing the bluish-black sloes used for sloe gin

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  • flowers
  • sloes

Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Louise Andrews