The spindle tree, Euonymus europaeus, is a large native shrub, producing dense hard wood that traditionally was used for making spindles and other small implements. In autumn the foliage turns a dramatic shade of red, complementing the orange-pink winged fruit, which remain on the tree long after the leaves have fallen.
Euonymus europaeus is the perfect shrub to plant as a focal point in the front garden, where its beauty can be appreciated. But it also works well in a winter border, underplanted with spring flowers. For best results grow in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.
Plant type: Native shrub
Flower colour: Green
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Autumn colour, Flowers
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: October to January
Flowering period: May to June
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