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Euonymus europaeus

Also known as

Skewerwood, Pegwood, Prick Timber, Prickwood, Gatten Tree, Louseberry Tree, Catwood, Common Spindle Tree, Ananbeam, Euonymus Bulgaricus, Dogwood, Cat Tree, European Spindletree, European Euonymus, Common spindle

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Spindle Overview

Euonymus europaeus - also commonly known as Spindle (amongst other names) - is a bushy, deciduous shrub with spreading branches and narrow ovate leaves that turn red or gold in autumn. Panicles of small yellow flowers in late spring/summer, are followed by red fruits with orange seeds, in autumn. A versatile and popular shrub that is suitable in a wide range of situations, Euonymus europaeus is tolerant of most aspects and is happy in most soils as well as sun or shade. It is low maintenance and can be planted for hedging and in wildlife gardens.

Common problems with Spindle

How to propagate Spindle



Special features of Spindle

Autumn colour

Attractive leaves

Attracts birds

Hedge plant

Other uses of Spindle

Banks, hedging, with good autumn colour.

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