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Compact Winged Spindle Tree

Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'

Also known as

Winged Spindle, Winged spindle tree

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A pink flower with green leaves
A tree with pink flowers in a garden

Compact Winged Spindle Tree Overview

Euonymus alatus 'Compactus' is a small, spreading, deciduous shrub. Its mid-green leaves turn to a bright red in autumn - when it becomes a real show-stopper! Its small green flowers in summer are followed by red-purple fruits, and it develops prominent corky ridges on the branches. Compact in habit, Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ is a smaller and denser variety than Euonymus alatus (species from which it is bred) and is suitable for most garden settings, including small courtyard gardens. It will also make a fine informal hedge. Best planted where it can be appreciated in the autumn months. A low maintenance plant, Winged Spindle - a name it's often known by - likes most well-drained soils and a light prune in early spring, if needed. This cultivar has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit'.

Common problems with Compact Winged Spindle Tree

How to propagate Compact Winged Spindle Tree


Take Semi hardwood cuttings


Seed in autumn

Special features of Compact Winged Spindle Tree

Attractive Bark - corky ridges on branches

Hedge plant

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour