Trees by Genus

Genus 'Prunus'

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Prunus 'Accolade'
Prunus 'Amanogawa'
Prunus americana
Prunus armeniaca
Prunus avium
Prunus avium cv. 'Plena'
Prunus cerasifera
Prunus cerasifera cv. 'Pissardii'
Prunus domestica
Prunus dulcis
Prunus 'Hillieri'
Prunus 'Hokusai'
Prunus ilicifolia
Prunus 'Kanzan'
Prunus laurocerasus
Prunus lusitanica
Prunus maackii
Prunus mahaleb
Prunus 'Mikurama-gaeshi'
Prunus padus
Prunus padus cv. 'Plena'
Prunus padus cv. 'Watereri'
Prunus pensylvanica
Prunus persica
Prunus 'Pink Perfection'
Prunus sargentii
Prunus serotina
Prunus serrula
Prunus serrulata
Prunus 'Shirofugen'
Prunus 'Shirotae'
Prunus spinosa
Prunus subhirtella
Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis'
Prunus 'Tai-Haku'
Prunus 'Ukon'
Prunus virginiana
Prunus x yedoensis

Prunus spinosa (Sloe)

Prunus spinosa

Also known as: Blackthorn

Native: Europe including Britain and North Asia

Location: Cultivated and naturalised in eastern North America.

Prickly shrub or small tree. Its fruits are gathered from hedgerows and may be used to colour and flavour gin. The wood has been used for hay rakes. Height to 4.5m as a shrub, but may be 6m as a tree.


Leaves are small with pointed teeth and hairs on the main vein beneath. Twigs bear hard sharp spines.


Prunus spinosa

Flowers open before the leaves in March or early April, about 1.2cm or more across.


Prunus spinosa

Fruit are about 1.2cm across and have a strongly astringent taste.