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Why doesn't my blackthorn produce sloes?

Posted: Yesterday at 11:14

I live in the Manchester area and I find the the crop of sloes is very dependent on the weather conditions when the Blackthorn is in blossom. Cold windy conditions cause small crops due to lack of pollination I assume. However the good news is that whilst one patch may be poor one year, another a few miles away may have plenty, there seems to be a lot of local variation.

Magnolia Susan

Posted: Yesterday at 11:07

I grow Magnolia "Susan" and if your space is limited then it is a good choice. It is very slow growing and I suspect it will take 20 years to reach 8ft at present rate of growth. Amelanchier will make a much quicker impact than the Susan, if that is important. Ultimate size will vary as ther are a number of different species, some reaching full size at 10 ft others going onto 30 ft, so ensure you choose the right one from a trustworthy source if going for the Amelanchier option.

Are these Sloes?

Posted: Yesterday at 11:01

There is a third plant to be considered and that is the Bullace, a small fruited plum sometimes mistaken for Sloes, I believe it is mainly found in the south of England in Hedgerows.

betula pendula golden beauty

Posted: Yesterday at 10:59

I would agree with Hotum about going for a golden leaved Birch, the specimens I have seen were thinly foliaged  weak looking plants. There are a number of trees with golden leaves available that have stronger constitutions.

Fruit Bushes

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 10:47

Dave, you are describing wild strawberries. True Alpine strawberries e.g. Baron Solemacher, do not throw  out any runners, and grow like ordinary hebaceous plants. They grow quite easily from seed and I have them as edging plants around the soft fruit bush area.

Cooking Japanese quinces

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:19

My wife has used them in two ways. One was to chop one finely and mix wirh chopped apples for making an apple pie [ any other thing using pureed apple would work] to give a lovely flavour. The other was to quarter them, leaving skins on and cook them with sugar [ in the same ways as with crab apples ] and then strain them to make quince jelly. They are full of pectin and set easily.

Plant I. D.

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:55

Is it thorny? Looks as if it could be one of the american Hawthorns grown for great autumn colour.


Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:53

Quite normal for some laburnum leaves to start turning yellow in August.

Feature tree suggestions

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 15:05

Cercis siliquastrum grows well in the south of France, masses of pinky purple flowers in May [maybe April in south of France} not too big.

Poisonous plant

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 08:41

If it has long green spiky leaves that doesn't fit with either Delphinium or Aconitum. Possibly an Acanthus? You do need to upload a photo.

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