Winged Spindle

Euonymus alatus

Winged Spindle - Euonymus alatus

Common Name: Winged Spindle
Genus: Euonymus
Species: alatus

Euonyme was the Mother of The Furies in Greek mythology.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting bark, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green
Foliage Colour: Green, RedFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A dense bushy deciduous shrub with dark green leaves turning brilliant shades of strawberry-red in autumn. This Winged spindle is named after the large corky wings that are revealed after it has shed its leaves. After flowering the shrub produces spherical reddish-purple fruits, which split to reveal bright orange seeds. All parts of the plant may cause mild stomach upsets if eaten.

Best planted in an area where the sun catches the spectacular autumn foliage, it makes an excellent specimen plant for a well-drained shrub border or woodland edge. While this shrub is dormant throughout late-winter and early-spring remove any misplaced or crossing branches and older stems to open the plant's structure. Apply a generous mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.


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