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Winged Spindle

Euonymus alatus

Also known as

Winged spindle tree

Euonymous alatus by Gif absarnt (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

2.5m

1.5m

Min

1.5m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Winged Spindle Overview

Euonymus alatus - known by several other names, including Winged Spindle and Burning Bush - is a large, deciduous shrub whose branches often develop conspicuous angled 'wings' at the end of its branches. The oval leaves of Euonymus alatus turn a bright crimson colour in autumn, its spreading branches making a stunning display. Purple-red fruits - with orange seeds inside - follow small green flowers. Often planted as a specimen plant, or to brighten up a shady corner, Euonymus alatus can also be planted in a sunny situation and it likes well-drained soil. It is low maintenance.

Common problems with Winged Spindle

How to propagate Winged Spindle

Cuttings

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Special features of Winged Spindle

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Hedge plant

Other uses of Winged Spindle

Banks, specimen, ornamental bark, foliage, hedging, border, fruit. Suitable for coastal conditions.