Prunus Spire

Prunus Spire flowering cherry blossom
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower form: Semi-double flower (10-20 petals)
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright

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.

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

Spire trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Spire tree - bare root
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
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2-year Spire tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
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What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

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We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

Spire characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Useful for: Small spaces
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flowering season: Late
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Flower form: Semi-double flower (10-20 petals)
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Light copper
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Similar varieties

  • See also Amanogawa
    Prunus serrulata
    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.

How to choose a flowering cherry tree

We have a very wide range of flowering cherry trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different characteristics of flowering cherries might help narrow down the selection.

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