Euonymus Trees | Spindle Trees

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.

Choosing & Growing Euonymus

Euonymus is a large genus that is great for everyone from first-time gardeners to those after something more unusual. Euonymus cope admirably with a range of soil types (sand, chalk, clay etc) and growing conditions, even tolerating some wind exposure. 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. It is a low maintenance species that does not require regular pruning. During the dormant season, simply remove any damaged, diseased or overcrowded branches.

There are evergreen varieties, but it is actually the deciduous Euonymus that are particularly spectacular in autumn and winter. Deciduous varieties have brightly coloured autumnal foliage, with Euonymus alatus being notably outstanding. Many deciduous varieties also have unusual corky wings on the branches that are most visible in winter when the leaves have fallen.

The autumn and winter interest doesn't end there. All the deciduous 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 adorn the tree through most of the winter, with the flesh covered seeds being popular with birds who feast on them.

Interesting Facts About Euonymus

  • 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. It can also be used for knitting needles and certain musical instruments.
  • Despite the common name Spindle Tree, some of them are bushes. Other common names include Burning Bush, Winged Spindle tree and Corktree.
  • Whilst we know the wings present on some varieties develop from the cork cambium, the reason why is more of a mystery.
  • Some Euonymus varieties are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

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