- Spindle Latin name
- Euonymus Common name
- Spindle Plant family
- Spindle Description
- Spindle Planting preferences
- Spindle Uses
Euonymus (Celastraceae) – varieties of evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous shrubs and trees, occasionally climbing, grown for their Autumn foliage and fruits.
Category: Shrubs, trees and climbers
Form: Long (often arching) branches, some prostrate, others upright
Type: Evergreen, semi-evergreen and deciduous
Height: 6 metres
Spread: 6 metres
Leaves: Generally oval green to copper-coloured (depends on variety) turn rich colours in Autumn
Flowers/berries: Generally inconspicuous whitish flowers in Spring that turn into exotic-looking fruits in Summer Autumn, usually in shades of pinks to reds – often with orange seeds
Normally grown for: Form, Autumn foliage and fruits – many prostrate varieties of Euonymus fortunei make good groundcover and can also be trained against trellis/walls as a climber, others such as Japanese spindle Euonymus japonicus can make excellent hedging
Notes: Euonymus europaeus and Euonymus japonicus are vulnerable to caterpillars.
Hardiness: Fully to half hardy depending on variety
Soil type: Needs fertile well-drained soil
Planting situation: Full sun to partial shade.
Container – Young plants
Groundcover – Depending on variety
Hedges/windbreaks – Depending on variety
Walls – Depending on variety