Euonymus europaeus (Spindleberry)



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Price £ each (ex. VAT)
Height Age 1+ 25+ 100+ 500+ 1000+
1+1 0.80 0.52 0.46 0.44 0.40
60-80cm 1+1 1.02 0.66 0.59 0.56 0.51
1+1 1.27 0.82 0.74 0.70 0.64

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The Spindleberry is a British native, often seen in hedgerows on chalky soil in the south of England. Fast growing, it is an attractive shrub in autumn when the leaves turn bright red and contrast with the strange pink 4-lobed fruits, which split partially open the reveal bright orange seeds. It is best grown in mixed wildlife hedges and on woodland margins, but is also a good garden shrub.

Site and soil

Best on well-drained or chalky soils. Does well in exposed areas and is very hardy.

Height and spread

After 10 years: 6m x 3m
After 20 years 6m x 3m

Leaf and bark

The leaves are lance-shaped with serrated edges, mid green, changing to brilliant red before leaf fall in autumn. The bark is greyish-brown.

Flower, seed and fruit

The tiny greenish-yellow flowers open in small clusters in late spring. They are followed by 4-lobed pinks fruits, which split partially open to reveal the bright orange seeds within. The seeds are poisonous.


Screening, mixed wildlife hedges, specimen shrub. The Spindleberry is host to the beet and bean aphid and should not be planted as a farm hedge where these crops are to be grown. The wood is very hard and was once used for spindles, skewers, pipe stems and artists charcoal. The bark was used medicinally to treat liver disorders.


Numerous insects, including bees and hoverflies are attracted to the flowers. The flowers are pollinated by St Mark's Fly.


Hedges should be trimmed in winter.