For autumn colour, it's hard to beat the award-winning Euonymus alatus. As its common name of Fire or Burning Bush suggest, it turns a wonderful fiery crimson red and looks astonishing when it catches the autumn sunshine. Reddish purple fruits split open to reveal orange seed capsules for even more autumn interest.
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 Spindle or 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 subtle small greenish flowers in May/June. Particularly good in alkaline soil, it will tolerate any well drained site in full sun or partial shade.
AKA Burning Bush, Fire Bush, Winged Euonymus, Winged Spindle Tree
Our pot grown Winged Spindle tree/Burning Bush can be planted at any time of year. Choose a well drained site in full sun or partial shade, then remove weeds and grass within a metre radius. Dig a square hole as deep as the plants root mass and approximately twice as wide. To help Euonymus establish, especially if you have poor soil, we advise applying root grow by sprinkling in the hole.
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 plant.
If you’re planting Winged Spindle trees/Burning Bushes in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young plants and increase watering if there are periods of hot and dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little.
Keep the area around Euonymus free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.
Winged Spindle trees/Burning Bushes do not require regular pruning. If you wish to tidy Euonymus up, do this during the dormant season. Focus on removing any damaged, diseased or overcrowded branches.
Covid-19: We're pleased to announce that we are back up and running in line with government advice. As you can imagine we have a bit of a backlog of orders and are catching up as we write, so please expect a slightly longer lead time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Trees on pre-order are not ready to send out yet and an estimate of when they will be ready for despatch is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.
1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).
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.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.
There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.
Gift trees and those required 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.
The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:
Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
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.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.
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 soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), 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 type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|Bush||50-60cm||3L pot||£34.99 (ex VAT)|
|Bush||80-100cm||10L pot||£54.99 (ex VAT)|