Do sloes thorns die back in winter

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    bettynoopbettynoop
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    I have been told they die off and by November there are no thorns.

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    jeffrycopejeffrycope
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    No, those thorns stay on the tree for a long time. Had one of my own and those thorns were everywhere while I picked them. A few thorns had broken off but I think more due to wind brushing branches against each other.

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