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Spindle (Euonymus europaeus)

Spindle (Euonymus europaeus)

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Spindle (Euonymus europaeus)

Spindle, or Spindleberry, is a very pretty shrub/small tree, tolerant of most well drained conditions including heavy soils, although found naturally on chalky ground. It bears tiny flowers in spring followed by dayglow pink capsules enclosing orange berries. Beware - these are known to herbalists as a strong purgative.

In the unlikely event you don't spot the seeds, you will see its beautiful Autumn foliage in ancient woods and in hedgerows south of Yorkshire. It was also valued in the past for its hard straight wood, which was used to make... spindles.

Provenance certificates are available on request for Spindle plants, which are from the Southwest of England.
Spindle suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery

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Please note that standard sizes relate to tree girths in cm. See our size guide for details and tips on planting. The trees are bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March. During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders placed between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.


  • Ultimate Height


  • Ultimate Spread


  • Time to Ultimate Height

    10 years


  • Type

    Clay, loam, sand, chalk

  • pH

    Neutral, acid, alkaline


  • Position

    Sheltered or exposed

  • Sunlight

    Full shade, partial shade, full sun