Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Prunus ‘Spire’ was originated and raised at our very own Hillier Nurseries in the early 1920’s, resulting from a hybrid that involved Prunus sargentii and Prunus yedoensis.

Its canopy takes on a narrow pillar shape, with ascending branches that gracefully arch at the tips as the tree matures, forming an elegant vase shape. The original tree, still thriving at Hillier, has reached a height of 10m, showcasing a broad crown. During spring, it develops blossoms that creates a vision of light and airy pink clouds.

The blossoms emerge from dark pink buds, revealing flowers in varying shades of white and subtle pinks. The blossoms provide a striking contrast to the unfolding green leaves. As autumn arrives, leaves transition into a vibrant display of purples and reds, adding warmth to any location.

Regarded as one of the finest choices for compact urban spaces, the Prunus ‘Spire’ excels as a small street tree, particularly in tight urban locations. Its suitability for narrow residential streets, where doorsteps meet the pavement, is enhanced by its easy maintenance. Creating a compact avenue of seasonal beauty, these trees enhance the surroundings without overcrowding the area.

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Size

Small

6m high x 3m wide after 25 years

Environment

Its tight canopy and tolerance of urban pollutants makes it ideal for narrow locations and urban street applications. This Hillier cultivar is renowned as one of the best street trees available.

Canopy

A narrow vase shaped canopy that grows with ascending branches.

Foliage

A lush green that transitions to vibrant purples and reds in autumn.

Clonal

Prunus ‘Spire’ was originated and raised at our very own Hillier Nurseries in the early 1920's, resulting from a hybrid that involved Prunus sargentii and Prunus yedoensis.

Flowers

Dark pink cotton candy buds open to a profusion of flowers in spring. These are light pink swirled with creamy white, standing out against the unfolding foliage.

Resilience

A hardy tree suitable for most soil types, but requires free draining soil as does not tolerate water logging.

Available As:

Semi-Mature

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