Euonymus trees and shrubs are popular for their year-round bounty of features, including unusual colourful fruit clusters which split open to reveal bright seeds. Other popular qualities are their stunning autumn coloured foliage and some varieties featuring curious corky wings along their branches.
Euonymus is a large genus and you can choose from compact bushes (e.g. Euonymus ‘Miss Pinkie’) to small trees (e.g. Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’) depending on the planting space available.
They are a great species for creating autumn and winter interest in gardens. They all have bright coloured autumnal foliage, with Euonymus alatus being particularly outstanding. Many varieties have unusual corky wings on the branches that are most visible in winter when the leaves have fallen. All the varieties we offer have fantastic decorative fruit clusters that emerge in autumn, with the pods splitting open to reveal vibrantly coloured seeds in winter. The seed pods often remain adorning the tree through most of the winter, with the flesh covered seeds being popular with birds who feast on them.
The Euonymus genus contains around 130 species and whilst many of these are native to parts of Asia, Euonymus europaea is native to the UK.
The name "Spindle Tree" comes from the light, yet hard wood being ideal for making wool spinning spindles. Despite the name, some of them are bushes. The wood of Spindle Trees has also been used for knitting needles and certain musical instruments. Other common names for Euonymus include Burning Bush, Winged Spindle tree and Corktree.