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Euonymus europaeus

Spindle tree

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Key information

Plant type

Native shrub

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


Euonymus europaeus

Plant details

This native, deciduous shrub creates a colourful display in autumn when its leaves turn brilliant shades of red and its strange, four-lobed fruit split to reveal bright orange seeds. Tolerant of many soil types, including chalk, it is, unfortunately the winter host of broad bean blackfly.

Family: Celastraceae

Genus: Euonymus

Species: europaeus

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to plant seeds: October to January

Flowering period: May to June

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