Blackthorn - Prunus spinosa

Alt Name

Dense shrub from 1 to 4 metres in height suckering freely and with spiny branches. Flowers white 10 to 15 mm solitary, but dense on branches, appearing before the leaves. Fruit rounded 10 to 15 mm black with a bluish bloom.


Hedgerows, woodland and scrub.

When to see it

March to May.

Life History


UK Status

Very common throughout most of Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 595 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map