- Botanical name: Euonymus europaeus
- Common name: Spindle
- Plant type: Shrub
- Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
- Features: Attractive seed-heads, Autumn colour, Flowers
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.
- Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
- Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
- Position in border: Middle
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline
- Wildlife features: Seeds for birds
Effects:Purgative if ingested