Spindle Trees

Euonymous europeaus


The Spindle Tree is a delightful small bushy tree known for its leaves that turn a spectacular red in autumn. Marvelous carmine pink fruits open to reveal orange seed pods. Suitable for small gardens and containers. Often see in hedgerow and helpful to wildlife.
Fully hardy likes sun or semi shade and well-drained moist soils.

Bare root option now available for preorder with estimated delivery november.


Botanical name

Euonymous europeaus

Approx height when sent

0.5 – 0.9 metres 3L, 1.2-1.5 metres 5L pot, 1.75 metres 7.5L, 150-200 cms Bare-Rooted

Ultimate height and spread

3-4 metres x 2 metres

When to plant



Full Sun, Semi-shade


A much overlooked little tree, useful and undemanding whilst giving great pleasure with its beautiful red autumn colour followed by very pretty carmine pink fruit which open to reveal bright orange seed pods. (Not edible) It is useful to wildlife and birds and was often seen in hedgerows and growing wild but does deserve a place in a small garden or container, being undemanding and easy to grow. Fully hardy, it likes sun or partial shade and any well-drained soil. A useful tree, it can be grown on chalk. While young give it a weed, mulch and feed in spring.

Common Name: Spindle
Latin Name: Euonymous europeaus
Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil
Habit: Deciduous bushy
Position: Full sun, partial shade
Flowering period: late summer/autumn
Colour: White
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Eventual Height & Spread: 3 to 4m x 2m / 10 to 13ft x 7ft
Special features: Red autumn foliage, carmine pink fruit with orange seeds.

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