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Spindle Tree

Spindle Tree 'Euonymus Europaeus' (2-3ft)

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Bare Root Spindle Tree - Description

  • Bare Root Native Spindle Tree Plants
  • Euonymus Europaeus
  • AKA Common Spindle, Spindle Berry European Spindle
  • Small Tree or Shrub
  • Excellent Autumn Colour
  • Form: Single Stemmed Whip
  • Plant Size
    • Height: 2 - 3ft (60 - 100cm)
    • Girth: 3cm
    • Age: 1 + 2
  • Bare Root (Not Potted)

Spindle Tree - Characteristics

  • Small tree often with multiple stems from the base
  • Foliage: Long, narrow ovate leaves
  • Inconspicuous green in Summer but they come alive in Autumn
  • Plants take on a fiery red colour from September to Winter
  • Flower: Small yellow flowers from May to June
  • Fruit: Resemble flowers themselves, Spindle produces red berries with orange seeds in Autumn
  • Mature size: 4m tall & 2.5m wide
    • If allowed to grow to full maturity
  • Deciduous tree, they lose their leaves in Winter
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Very hardy tree

Spindle Tree - Uses

  • Grown for it's Autumn colour
  • Suited to small, medium & large gardens
  • Best when positioned at back of flower beds
  • Or place along margins of woodland areas
  • Grow as an informal hedgerow
  • Suitable for nature gardens & wildlife gardens
  • Can be found in native hedgerows

Spindle Tree - Planting Instructions

Planting Time

  • Best practice would be to plant these plants as soon as arrive
  • Bare root trees can only be planted during the dormant season (September to April)
  • Avoid frosty conditions, where the ground is frozen
  • These spindle saplings are 3ft tall & will require several years to mature

Positioning Trees

  • Position in sun or partial shade
  • Soil: Well drained or moist
  • Likes most pH & happy in sandy & clay soils
  • Most commonly found in alkaline soils
  • Spacing distance varies on use
  • For hedging, space 30cm apart
  • If planting in lawns, then space 3 to 5m apart
  • When planting, hold plants at ground level & back fill the top soil
  • Ensure each plant is straight & soil is compacted in around it's root ball
  • Level off the soil around the plants
  • Support with bamboo cane for first 2 years
  • Replace cane with larger stake when required

After Care

  • Water bare root plants regularly until plants establish
  • Water before & after planting
  • If dry weather persists, water every 2 days
  • Weeding is also essential, especially bind weed which can quickly smoother a young tree
  • Keep grass growth away from the base of trees to ensure a faster growth rate
  • Avoid strimming around the base of trees
  • Requires training to form the spindle into a tree
  • Choose a main shoot & cut back all other shoots to ground level
  • Main shoot will require staking
  • The Spindle tree is known to attract the blackfly pest
  • Treat with pesticide to control this

Euonymus Europaeus - Quick Facts

  • The name Spindle comes from one of the plant's original uses, the making of wool spinning spindles
  • The wood is extremely hard
  • Nowadays the spindle is used in the manufacture of tooth picks
  • The foliage is toxic to livestock
  • The berries have been used as a remedy to treat head lice
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