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Prunus 'Spire' Tree

Upright Flowering Cherry Trees
  • From £69.99 (ex VAT)
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The perfect small garden tree, Prunus 'Spire' has an upright form that fans out slightly in maturity to a vase shape. A cloud of pale pink, single flowers that fade to a pretty white colour appears in April, these are very popular with bees. New foliage has a pinkish-bronze hue, this attractive new foliage keeps its bronze colouring for a few weeks before turning a soft mid-green and then adopting rich autumn tints of red and gold.

This lovely Flowering Cherry tree will grow to an estimated height and spread of 5 x 3 metres in 20 years and grows well in most well-drained soils excluding chalky sites. Tolerant of pollution, 'Spire' will do well in urban areas and looks stunning in an avenue or equally as magnificent when grown as a single specimen tree.

AKA Upright Cherry Blossom tree, Cherry 'Spire'

  • Common name: Upright Flowering cherry tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 3 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Flowers: Pale pink single flowers in spring
  • Foliage: Pinkish-bronze in spring, green in summer, red-gold in autumn
  • Soil:Tolerates all well-draining soils apart from chalk

Planting Advice for Prunus Spire Trees

Our 'Spire' Flowering Cherry trees are pot grown and so can be planted at any time of the year, as long as the ground is not frozen. We recommend choosing a location away from strong winds to protect the blossom display.

Remove weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and approximately twice as wide. Applying root grow (by sprinkling it in the hole) will help the tree establish.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost and use it to fill in the hole. Firm around gently, taking care not to bank soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting all single stem Spire Cherry trees with a staking kit to ensure the roots are well anchored - instructions are in the planting guide.

After Care Advice for Prunus Spire Trees

When planting 'Spire' Cherry Blossom trees in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. When planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. See irrigation kits.

Continue to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Prunus Spire Trees

Upright Flowering Cherry trees benefit from a little formative pruning for the first few years. This will help create a more balanced branch framework that requires less maintenance  in future. Prune after flowering i.e. after the petals have dropped but before the new shoot growth appears.

After two to three years, you will only need to remove any damaged, dead or unwanted branches.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Prunus 'Spire' Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Prunus 'Spire' Price £69.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £69.99 (ex VAT)
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Prunus 'Spire' Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Prunus 'Spire' Price £259.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £259.99 (ex VAT)
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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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