Spindle Tree

Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'

Spindle Tree - Euonymus europaeus  'Red Cascade'

Common Name: Spindle Tree
Genus: Euonymus
Species: europaeus
Cultivar: 'Red Cascade'

Euonyme was the Mother of The Furies in Greek mythology.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Provides winter colour, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 2.50 m (250 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green, Red

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

A large deciduous shrub native of European hedgerows. The wood from this plant was traditionally used for making spindles. This plant really comes into its own in autumn and winter when its dark green leaves turn blazing scarlet. Insignificant summer flowers are followed by gorgeous orange-pink winged fruit which remain long after the leaves have fallen. Plant it in view of the house where its vibrant display can be appreciated. It's also wonderful in a winter border among early-flowering bulbs or shrubs grown for winter interest. The autumn colour is spectacular in full sun but 'Red Cascade' will grow reasonably well in partial shade.

Garden Care: Tip prune young plants in mid to late spring to encourage bushy growth and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.


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