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Euonymus alatus

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pale Green in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Pink and Red in Autumn

Fruit

Orange, Purple and Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

winged spindle tree

Family

Celastraceae


Euonymus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, often with fine autumn colour, and small flowers followed by colourful fruits

E. alatus is a large, spreading, deciduous shrub, the branchlets often developing conspicuous corky wings. Leaves oval, turning rosy-crimson in autumn. Flowers small, greenish, followed by purplish-red fruits splitting to reveal orange seeds

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by powdery mildews