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Prunus 'Spire'

Ornamental cherry

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Christina Bollen, copyright GAP Photos (136334)

Plant details

This is also known as x hillieri 'Spire' and P. 'Hillieri Spire'. It is a popular variety in streets, parks and gardens, where the conical, almost upright growth suits many confined sites and makes a handsome tree at all times. It flowers early for a cherry, starting during the first half of April when its large soft pink blooms appear in an impressive froth of colour. At that time the foliage is a rich reddish-purple, later turning yellowish, and then deep green, before the rich red autumn tints finish its display. Pruning is seldom necessary, but over-large trees may be trimmed in late summer. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Cultivar: Spire

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 800cm

Spread: 600cm


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