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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

Euonymus alatus

Plant details

Euonymus alatus is a dark-leaved shrub, inconspicuous for most of the year but in autumn it comes into its own when the foliage turns vivid shades of scarlet and crimson. 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. It's perfect for growing as a specimen shrub in a mixed border or front garden, where it's magnificent autumn colours can be fully appreciated. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

For the best autumn colour, grow Euonymus alatus in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Prune out damaged, dead or crossing branches in late-winter to spring, and mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost.

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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