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Spire

Prunus Spire flowering cherry blossom

Spire is a compact pink blossom tree. The flowers have a soft pale pink sheen, and are usually single (less than 10 petals) but often semi-double (having more than 10 petals).

The tree grows with a strong upright vase-like form, and is a good choice for smaller spaces. Its proportions are similar to the well-known fastigiate cherry, Prunus Amanogawa, but its upright form arguably ages better.

The leaves emerge at about the same time as the blossom and are initially a pale copper-green colour, becoming green over the summer, and then taking on strong orange-red tints in the autumn.

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Spire flowering cherry trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £24.95
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £45.95
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

History

Spire was developed at the Hillier Nursery in the 1920s and introduced in 1956. It is related to Prunus sargentii.

Spire characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright
    • Height after 10 years:2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Flower colour:Pink - light
    • Flowering season:Late
    • Flowering month:May
    • Flower form:Semi-double flower (10-20 petals)
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Pruning:Light prune
    • Growth rate:Average
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Amanogawa
    Prunus serrulata
    Amanogawa
    The definitive columnar flowing cherry, widely grown in the UK.
  • Prunus
    Sunset Boulevard
    A large flowering cherry tree with a distinctive columnar form, and large single white flowers.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

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How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We list more than 70 different flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.