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Large-fruited Blackthorn 'Reto'

Prunus spinosa, the blackthorn with the mild aroma and the early ripening period

Large-fruited Blackthorn 'Reto'
 
 
 

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Product information "Large-fruited Blackthorn 'Reto'"

The large-fruited blackthorn Reto is characterised mainly by its early ripening period and mild aroma. In contrast to the wild blackthorn and other cultivars, it reliably matures even before the first frosts in September/October. The maturity is indicated by the uniform, blue skin up to the stem. The blackthorn can then be enjoyed well when fresh, if you love the blackthorn aroma with the bitter, almond-like flavour. Otherwise, the most diverse processing options such as purees, jams, making brandy, liqueurs and distilling are possible. And as I said, with the variety Reto you do not have to wait until after the impact of the first frost that makes the fruits of other varieties and the wild species ripe for consumption and ready for processing.
Short description of the large-sized blackthorn Reto
 
Flowers: As early as the 2nd year, all of the shoots are richly covered with white flowers (including the attractive, yellow stamens); it blooms before the leaves sprout in March and April
Harvest: High yields, especially if a pollinator variety is present; the blackthorn Reto can be harvested even before the frosts because in this cultivar the acid and bitterness are degraded earlier – already in September and October. In contrast to the wild plants, Reto does not have to wait until after the frost for the harvest to start. The ripeness of the fruits can be seen when the deep blue fruit colour is evenly pronounced up to the stem
Pollination: Only partially self-fertile; for a rich harvest, a second other type of blackthorn must be planted; the pollination by a plum or damson that is up to 30 - 50 m away usually works
Fruits: Large, 1.5 - 2 cm in diameter, twice as big as the wild fruits, high vitamin C content
Growth: Rather sparse, about 250 - 300 cm; only a few thorns in contrast to the wild blackthorn
 
  • Flowering Period March, April
  • Ripeness/Harvest Period October, November
  • Final height 2m to 3m
  • Final width 2m to 3m
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Plant Type deciduous
  • Fragrance slightly scented
  • Sweetness moderately sour
  • Use outdoors, for wild gardens, as a hedge, for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil heavy, moderately heavy, light, alkaline, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour white
  • Leaf Colour green

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