Blooming Bushes With Thorns

Updated February 21, 2017

Blooming bushes make attractive landscaping shrubs for borders or privacy hedges. Bushes with thorns help keep intruders and predators out of the yard while providing you with a colourful flowering bush to add colour to any landscape. Besides the well-known thorny rose bushes, there are other many other bushes that bear thorns, flowers and fruit.

Slow-Growing Shrub

Paleleaf barberry (Berberis Candidula) is slow-growing bush hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 to 8. The thorny shrub grows up to 4 feet tall with a spread of up to 5 feet. The bush has leathery leaves and yellow flowers that appear in May and June. In September, purplish berries appear.

Deciduous Shrub

Firethorn (Prunus Coccinea) is a deciduous flowering shrub with thorns that grows up to 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Dark green, glossy and narrow elliptic leaves remain on the tree throughout the year and don't change colour in fall or winter. In late April, showy white flowers about 2 inches in diameter appear, resembling clusters of white sparklers. In September, the white flowers turn to pea-sized orange fruits that last until about January.

Fast-Growing Shrub

The flowering quince (Chaenomeles Speciosa) is an upright flowering broadleaved evergreen shrub growing to 10 feet tall with a spread of 12 feet. The fast-growing shrub will have pink, white, orange or red flowers, depending on the cultivar. The thorny shrub is ideal for USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 8. Flowering quince blooms appear in early spring followed by apple-like fruits.

Berry Bushes

Berry bushes such as boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry and gooseberry have thorns to protect the fruit from predators. Gooseberry bushes have 2-inch-long leaves with rounded lobes that resemble a goose foot. Berries start out green and slowly change to purple as the fruit ripens. Blackberry bushes are thorny shrubs growing to heights of 10 feet tall with flowers appearing in April and fruit in late June and July.

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