Euonymus europaeus

Euonymus europaeus

Euonymus europaeus

Spindle trees (Euonymus europaeus) are a fabulous native hedging plant, which deserve to be much more widely used. It is tough and tolerant of cold sites and chalky soils - although probably best avoided in damp, acidic conditions. The stems are curiously angular, with corky scars running down the edges as if the stems had been glued together (don’t worry, this is entirely natural and not a sign of disease!). The flowers are quite small and inconspicuous, but are a rich source of nectar and pollen for insects. The biggest attraction though are the curious fruit, bright pink which split open to reveal dazzling orange seeds within. It’s quite a colour combination, almost as if they had been designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, but as garish as they sound, they are a wonderful sight in late summer. The fruit are poisonous to humans, but loved by wildlife. 

Spindle naturally grows into a medium-sized shrub or small tree - 5-7m tall - but can easily be kept under control through regular pruning.  

Spindle wood is extremely hard, and was used in the past for making rods or spindles for wool-spinning - hence the common name.

Plant sizes:

We pride ourselves on the quality of our hedging plants. As well as the height of the plants, we also specify the age of the plant - all are generally either two years old (1/1) or even three years old (1/2). This means they have a sturdy, extensive root system and strong stems, ready for the perfect start to your garden hedge. You may be able to buy cheaper, but we don’t think you can buy better.

<p dir="ltr">Spindle trees (Euonymus europaeus)&nbsp;are a fabulous native hedging plant, which deserve to be much more widely used. It is tough and tolerant of cold sites and chalky soils - although probably best avoided in damp, acidic conditions. The stems are curiously angular, with corky scars running down the edges as if the stems had been glued together (don&rsquo;t worry, this is entirely natural and not a sign of disease!). The flowers are quite small and inconspicuous, but are a rich source of nectar and pollen for insects. The biggest attraction though are the curious fruit, bright pink which split open to reveal dazzling orange seeds within. It&rsquo;s quite a colour combination, almost as if they had been designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, but as garish as they sound, they are a wonderful sight in late summer. The fruit are poisonous to humans, but loved by wildlife.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Spindle naturally grows into a medium-sized shrub or small tree - 5-7m tall - but can easily be kept under control through regular pruning.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Spindle wood is extremely hard, and was used in the past for making rods or spindles for wool-spinning - hence the common name.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Plant sizes:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">We pride ourselves on the quality of our hedging plants. As well as the height of the plants, we also specify the age of the plant - all are generally either two years old (1/1) or even three years old (1/2). This means they have a sturdy, extensive root system and strong stems, ready for the perfect start to your garden hedge. You may be able to buy cheaper, but we don&rsquo;t think you can buy better.</p>