Euonymous Europaeus (Spindle)- Spindle is a native shrub or small tree, growing up to 3-6metres in height in a scrubby spreading habit. Spindle is a very attractive tree, making a nice addition to a mixed hedgerow, bringing fabulous colours and its unusual square stems. Its leaves are a long and thin oval shape, with a finely serrate edge. During the summer the leaves are a dark green turning to a mix of yellows, oranges and reds in the autumn. The flowers are very subtle, but the pink seed pods which enclose the orange seeds bring colour to the plant, especially when the seed pod opens and the orange seeds are emerged. A very good noise or visual barrier, which is why spindle can often be found lining motorways.
Fruit: Produces an orange-red fruit in the autumn
Timber: A very hard wood, often used to make wool spindles, skewers and pipes.
Soil Type/Habitat: Will grow well in most sites and conditions, but does prefer lime rich soils. Very tolerant of dry soils.