Euonymus Alatus (Winged Spindle, Fire Bush)
One of the finest shrubs for autumn colour, this delightful plant has been given the prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society. Native to Japan, China and Korea this plant is fully hardy for UK gardens and a relative of our native Spindle.
It is a bushy and dense growing deciduous shrub with narrow pointed deep green leaves that turn to brilliantly vivid and rich hues of crimson and pink in autumn, it looks stunning when caught in the autumn light. Additional seasonal interest is provided by attractive red-purple fruit which split open to reveal orange seed which are well loved by birds and other wildlife.
Once the long-lasting display has finished and the leaves have fallen the intriguing stems are revealed. The bark has unusual and attractive ‘wings’, cork type ridges that rise above the stem surface and give Euonymus alatus its common name of Winged Euonymus. Small greenish flowers appear in May and June.
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An easily grown plant that lends itself perfectly to planting in borders, in drifts where space allows and within woodland plantings. Can also be successfully grown in large containers on the patio. Slowly growing to around 2 metres or more in height and width.
Easy to care for, Euonymus alatus will need little pruning but if necessary cut out any damaged, dead or crossing branches in late-winter to early spring. Tolerant of any well drained site in full sun or partial shade and grows well in chalky soil.