Blackthorn / Sloe
White flowers, appearing before leaves. Blue-black fruit in autumn.
Fruit are edible but very astringent. Dull green lanceolate leaves, usually less than 35mm long. Grey-brown or blackish branches that end in strong, sharp spines. Spreads by seed, also produces many suckers that form dense thickets. Very spiny. Height: 1-4m
Very frequent in hedges, woods, scrubland, roadsides.
Native, also often planted.