Frank P Matthews
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Euonymus are small, bushy trees or shrubs. The common form, Euonymus europaeus, is also called the Spindle Bush. They are often found in hedgerows and native woodland.
There are many species suitable for the garden, both deciduous and evergreen. They have small, oval leaves which develop excellent autumn colour. Some varieties have finely serrated leaves.
A key feature of these trees are the unusual, eye-catching fruit. Bright red, pink or white segmented fruit pods hang from the branches in clusters. These sometimes split open to reveal an orange seed inside, a favourite food of birds.
The bark of some species can be attractively ridged and corky. The wood was traditionally used for the making of spindles for spinning wool, hence the common name Spindle Bush.
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Small semi-weeping spindle tree with white flowers followed by orange-pink winged fruits. Scarlet autumn colour.
A compact form with stunning autumn colour. Small green flowers are followed by red fruits with orange seeds.
A graceful shrub with slender long leaves. Red-purple flowers followed by winged fruits.
Green stems, good red autumn colour. Scarlet fruits split to reveal orange seeds. Height after 10 years 2.5m.
Common spindle tree with beautiful autumn colour. Cream coloured flowers appear in April – May.
Large shrub with arching branches, drooping under the weight of rosy red fruits. Rich scarlet autumn colour.
Small white to pale yellow flowers in spring, followed by pink/red seed capsules. Dark green leaves turn burgundy red in autumn.
Showy classic red fruits with superb reliable autumn crimson leaf colours. Height after 10 years up to 3m.
Small tree with an arching habit. White fruits in autumn split to reveal bright red seeds. Lemon yellow autumn foliage.
A small, upright growing shrub with yellow autumn colour. Pink fruits, with contrasting red seeds.
Large shrub with corky-winged stems. Showy pink fruits split to reveal bright orange seeds. Good autumn colour.
A shrubby small tree similar to E. latifolius with excellent autumn leaf colours and large, showy scarlet fruits.