A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Friday, 1 April 2011

Blackthorn


Blackthorn blossom shows up strikingly white as it comes out before the leaves and contrast with the dark branches.

The Blackthorn is a common hedgerow tree and is a member of the plum family producing small plum like fruits called sloes later in the year. These can be be used to colour and flavour gin.

The wood was traditionally used for the teeth of hay rakes.

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