Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'

Spindle tree

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


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Plant details

This large shrub, a native of European hedgerows, has very hard dense wood traditionally used for making spindle and other small implements. It is an attractive tree in the autumn when the foliage assume vivid tints. These are brightest in full sun, although plants grow reasonably well in shade. The summer flowers are insignificant, but they result in attractive rosy-pink fruits which split open to form four winged lobes with a bright orange seed at the centre. 'Red Cascade' almost becomes a weeping tree under the weight of fruit. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Celastraceae

Genus: Euonymus

Species: europaeus

Cultivar: Red Cascade

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to plant seeds: June to August

Reader reviews


Just one concern, have read elsewhere that this plant should not be grown near beet or bean fields as it is a host plant for beet and bean aphis.
Is it unsuitable for a wildlife corner in an allotment?

Tess Fitzgerald

I live on the East Sussex coast, is it suitable for coastal conditions?

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