Prunus spinosa No.1

Let me show you a few quick pictures of this sloe. It is the tree I collected myself back in 2009, ten years ago. I kept in my garden for a while but then I gave it to my friend Vincent. He was working on developing the tree for a few years until he suddenly passed. The tree then found its way back to my garden and I started to work on it again. 
It was repotted into a larger ceramic pot to strengthen a bit. During this spring old pot was broken so it was substituted with a new one. Few guy wires were applied and the tree was left on its own devices. In spring it produced a couple of flowers, unfortunately, I did no pictures back then. 
The cherry on the picture is last of three grown on the same spot. Hope for much more flowers next spring. The tree had 3 large roots going towards one end of the pot. One of them was cut off during spring repotting. Another one will be cut off next spring probably. The tree needs much smaller roots. I'm happy with the structure of the smaller crown and only minor wiring is necessary there. On lager trunk, there is much more work to be done. Top of the lager crown was cut off in summer. A new leader is growing there, you can see small purple branchlet on top. It will be wired into position and let grow next year. 
September 2019

September 2019

September 2019

July 2018

October 2010


  1. Interesting tree, Maros. There are not many Blackthorns of this quality around.
    I find blackthorns quite challenging. Challenging to collect, challenging to use some of the technique that work on other members of the Prunus family. I have tried threads - no success, I have tried an air layer ( only a single one though ) with the same result...
    Have you heard of anyone having a success with an airlayer?
    Anyway, a bit of fancy colours of an autumn, some skiing in winter and THEN... whitish clouds on our blackthorns... BEAUTY.

  2. I never lost blackthorn due to collecting, although I did collec just a few. You know I'm not airlayer guy and I admire your skill. I love blackthorns even if finding good one is big challenge. I do not recall any instance where I red about airlayer of one actually.

  3. For me the black bag method saved this spring collected blackthorn, at least I thought it would not make it anymore, but after I get it into the bag, it shoots from everywhere, now with 20cm long shoots.


Prunus spinosa "Katharine"