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Blackthorn

Prunus spinosa

Description:

Deciduous large shrub or small tree growing to 5 m tall, with blackish bark and dense, stiff, spiny branches. The leaves are oval, 2–4.5 cm long and 1.2–2 cm broad, with a serrated margin. The flowers are 1.5 cm diameter, with five creamy-white petals; they are produced shortly before the leaves in early spring, and are hermaphroditic and insect-pollinated. The fruit, called a "sloe", is a drupe 10–12 millimetres (0.39–0.47 in) in diameter, black with a purple-blue waxy bloom, ripening in autumn, and harvested — traditionally, at least in the UK, in October or November after the first frosts.

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1 Comment

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 12 years ago

This Blackthorn having very nice White flowers,

Meik Meißner
Spotted by
Meik Meißner

Göttingen, Niedersachsen (Landmasse), Germany

Spotted on Apr 1, 2012
Submitted on Apr 5, 2012

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