Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'

Winged spindle

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Lee Avison, copyright GAP Photos (212647)

Plant details

This remarkable and slow-growing shrub from China and Japan is relatively inconspicuous in summer, but suddenly becomes a highlight in autumn when the foliage catches fire with brilliant crimson tints. These are most vivid in full sun, although it grows reasonably well in shade. The summer flowers are insignificant, but they are followed by attractive purple and red fruits which split open to form four winged lobes with a bright orange seed at the centre. 'Compactus' is a smaller and denser variety, and will make a fine informal hedge. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Celastraceae

Genus: Euonymus

Species: alatus

Cultivar: Compactus

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: July to August

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