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Euonymus alatus

Winged spindle

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Green

Feature

Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Jenny Lilly, copyright GAP Photos (306064)

Plant details

This dark-leaved shrub is inconspicuous for most of the year but in autumn it comes into its own when the foliage turns vivid shades of scarlet and crimson. These are most vivid in full sun, although plants grow reasonably well in shade. The summer flowers are insignificant, but they result in attractive purple and red fruits which split open to form four winged lobes with a bright orange seed at the centre. The bark is also attractively winged. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Celastraceae

Genus: Euonymus

Species: alatus

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: November to March


Reader reviews

AnneForrest1952

The soil in my garden is very alkaline and the spindle alatus likes acidic soil. Is there a similar variety that likes an alkaline soil? I would like something for my front garden which faces South

Many thanks

Anne


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