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Prunus Spire also called the Cherry Spire, is a deciduous ornamental cherry tree. It is a hybrid cross between Sargent’s Cherry and Yoshino Cherry. The cultivar was created by Hilliers nursery located in Hampshire and is synonymous with Prunus Hillieri Spire. It was originally designed to be an optimum street tree and in deed is considered one of the best small street trees of the 20th century. These specimens are a full standard shape on a long clear single stem.
The Prunus Spire tree naturally forms a pleasing vase-shape. In the spring, it boasts soft pink flowers. The new leaves appear a stunning shade of bronze before turning to green as the summer progresses. When autumn arrives the foliage turns fiery orange and red before falling from the tree.
Height and Spread of the Prunus Spire A Cherry Spire tree will typically grow to a height of 10 metres with a canopy spread of about 7 metres.
How Hardy is Prunus Spire The Cherry Spire is exceptionally hardy throughout the UK. It also tolerates urban pollution very well.
How to Use the Prunus Spire The Prunus Spire Cherry is a fantastic street tree. You can use it to line your property if you have an avenue or driveway. It also makes a nice specimen tree with exceptional spring and autumn interest.
How to Care for Prunus Spire Cherry Spire grows best when planted in full sun. It will tolerate partial shade but its flower production will be greatly reduced and its autumn colours will not be as brilliant. It prefers well-draining sandy loam that is rich in organic matter. Keep the soil evenly moist after planting to encourage strong root growth. Once the tree is established, it is somewhat drought tolerant. The tree can be pruned mid-season or in the winter months to control its size and growth.
Prunus Spire is a hardy tree that is eye-catching. It will become a valued part of any landscape.