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Blackthorn
Closeup of blackthorn aka sloe aka prunus spinosa sweden 20050924.jpg
Fruit
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Prunus
Species:
spinosa
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Distribution map

Prunus spinosa, called blackthorn or sloe, is a species of flowering plant in the rose family Rosaceae. It is native to Europe, western Asia, and locally in northwest Africa. It is also locally naturalised in New Zealand, Tasmania and eastern North America.

The fruits have been used to make sloe gin in Britain, and the wood used for making walking sticks or the shillelagh by the Irish.

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