145189 Blackthorn in bloom along a country path. Blackthorn Prunus spinosa Rosaceae Height to 6m
Densely branched shrub. Bark Blackish-brown. Branches Spreading, with spiny twigs. Leaves Ovate, toothed, to 4.5cm long. Reproductive parts Flowers white, 5-petalled, to 17mm across; produced prolifically (Feb-Mar). Fruits (Sloes) to 1.5cm long, ovoid, blue-black with a bloom. Status Common.