Euonymus hamiltonianus

Euonymus hamiltonianus

Spindle

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Flowers
Flowers
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Fruits
Fruits
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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Euonymus hamiltonianus
  • Common name: Spindle
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 3m

Spread: 2m

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage, Fruit

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Euonymous hamiltonianus is a large shrub with very hard, dense wood, which was traditionally used for making wooden staffs and small implements. It's an attractive tree, particularly in autumn when the foliage turns a bright magenta pink, contrasting well with evergreens and other deciduous shrubs.

The small insignificant flowers which appear in the summer are followed in autumn by a profusion of pink fruits. These split open to reveal dark pink seeds. For best results grow Euonymous hamiltonianus in a sheltered spot in full sun to partial shade, in moist but well-drained soil.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Seeds for birds

Care routine

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Sow
Sow
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Yes
Plant
Plant
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Take cuttings
Take cuttings
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Yes
Prune
Prune
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Yes
Collect seed
Collect seed
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Yes

Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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