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Euonymus alatus Tree

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For autumn colour, it's hard to beat Euonymus alatus. As its common names of Burning Bush or Fire Bush suggest, it turns a wonderful fiery crimson red and looks amazing if planted in a spot where it will catch autumn sunshine. A bonus autumn feature is the reddish purple fruit it produces which split open to reveal an orange seed capsule, making it much deserved of the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

It has fascinating corky wings on its stems which you can clearly see once the leaves drop - in fact "alatus" is Latin for winged and it is this feature which gives Euonymus alatus another of its common names - Winged Euonymus.

Often growing to be wider than its height (2 x 2.5 metres in 20 years), Euonymus alatus makes a good dense shrub with dark green oval leaves and insignificant (compared to its autumn splendour) small greenish flowers in May/June. It's particularly good in alkaline soil but will tolerate any well drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

AKA Fire Bush, Winged Euonymus, Burning Bush, Winged Spindle Tree

  • Common name: Winged spindle tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2 x 2.5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Autumn
  • Foliage: Dark green leaves in spring & summer, turning bright red in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of most soil types but prefers a moist, well-drained site

Planting Advice for Euonymus Alatus trees

When planting Euonymus Alatus trees, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown Euonymus Alatus trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around, inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. We recommend planting any ornamental tree with a stake and tie, to see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Euonymus Alatus trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.


Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Burning Bush trees

Euonymus Alatus trees do not require regular pruning. If you wish to tidy up your Euonymus Alatus tree, do this during the dormant season. Focus on removing any damaged, diseased or overcrowded branches. If you require a clear trunk, remove any side shoots to help raise the crown.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can give instructions on where to leave them via the checkout or email sales@ornamental-trees.co.uk.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required for arrival by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Form refers to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. The photos within the product tables can help you visualise it - click on the photo to enlarge it. For more information, see our Tree Forms Guide or phone our team.

Pruned and shaped: A tree that has had pruning to help create a beautiful overall shape, with the pruning being tailored to the variety. It is our most popular form.

Top grafted: A top grafted tree has a height noted next to the form (e.g. 'Top grafted at 45cm'), which refer to the clear stem height. This bare stem will not grow taller, only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small gardens or patios.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: On our website a bush means a plant with many stems low down, rather than one singular clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the ground to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (the circumference of the stem measured 1m above ground), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Euonymus alatus Form: Bush Supplied Size: 50-60cm Root type: 3L pot Euonymus alatus Price £24.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 50-60cm 3L pot £24.99 (ex VAT)
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Euonymus alatus Form: Bush Supplied Size: 80-100cm Root type: 10L pot Euonymus alatus Price £39.99 (ex VAT) Was £44.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 80-100cm 10L pot £39.99 (ex VAT) Was £44.99 (ex VAT)
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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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