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Spindle tree, burning bush

Burning Bush

If you want to buy a spindle tree or burning bush, you will be rewarded with a wonderful ornamental shrub.

   
 
Common Spindle

Euonymus europaeus

£16.40 *

European spindle 'Red Cascade'

Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade' is a grafted variety and is characterised by its many,...

From £19.90 *

Large-flowered Spindle

Euonymus planipes with large fruits and early, beautiful autumn colouration

£19.90 *

No image available Winged Spindle 'Compactus'

Euonymus alatus 'Compactus' forms an impressive autumn colouring

From £20.40 *

Winged spindle tree

Euonymus alatus

£34.40 *

Winged Spindle, Burning Bush 'Chicago Fire'

Euonymus alatus 'Chicago Fire' is a fast-growing variety with beautiful, pink autumn...

£19.90 *

Winged Spindle, Burning Bush 'Little Moses'

Euonymus alatus 'Little Moses' is very special thanks to its scarlet red autumn colouring

£26.90 *

   
 

More useful information about Spindle tree, burning bush

Belonging to the genus Euonymus, it captivates with its shiny fruits and the spectacular colouring of its leaves in autumn. The brightly coloured fruits, which ripen from August onwards, are reminiscent of the traditional headgear worn by priests.

When looking for a spindle tree, you can choose between a wild shrub and grafted varieties. The common spindle tree, also known as European spindle, is native to Germany and fits very well into natural hedges. Another original species from East Asia is the winged spindle or burning bush, whose striking cork strips on the shoots are particularly striking in the winter when the bush no longer has leaves. Its fiery red autumn colouring is overwhelming.

A small winged spindle planted together with dogwood, privet or honeysuckle creates an atmospheric picture - but because of the burning bush's picturesque crown shape, the shrub is also extremely attractive when grown alone.

Buy a spindle tree or burning bush - the right variety for your garden

At Lubera you will find special types of this plant. It fascinates with its large, carmine red fruits with orange seeds; the winged spindle 'Chicago Fire' (burning bush) has a particularly impressive, early autumn colouring in scarlet red; the dwarf form 'Compactus' does very well in a heather garden and, like its big brother, has a breathtaking autumn leaf colour.

Burning Bushes are spindle bushes

Most spindle bushes (Euonymus) are deciduous shrubs or small trees, some spread via creeping ground branches or conquer tree trunks with their adhesive roots. The ground-covering spindle bushes are also available in the Lubera garden shop.

This variety can be found in light deciduous forests, in submerged forests, at the edges of all kinds of forests and as part of dry shrubs. The yellow wood of the burning bush is very tough. In the past, organ pipes and spindles were made of it - hence the name spindle bush. In addition, it has been used to produce high-quality charcoal.

Spectacular capsules appear after blossoming. When they burst open, they reveal the orange-coloured seed pods.

Location

These high growing plants do well in single positions. The sunnier the location, the more flowers are formed and the more beautiful the autumn colours are. A location in partial shade is also possible. Winged spindles are relatively undemanding and can cope with any garden soil. The native varieties even tolerate heavy, wet soil. The soil should be nutritious and tend to be calcareous. To achieve a permeable soil, you can add sand to loamy soil.

Care

The winged spindle does not need any fertiliser. Only in the spring, you can add compost or horn shavings to the soil, which promotes the fruit set.

Pruning

This plant generally does not need to be cut. The flowering occurs on two-year-old wood. If you prune it, you can, therefore, expect fewer flowers/fruits.

Toxicity

You must know this: all parts of the plant - even the seeds - contain toxins and are also dangerous for humans. Even grazing animals can die from it. The consumption of fruit can lead to circulatory disorders, fever and colic and in the worst case can even be fatal. The toxic effect only occurs after twelve hours or more.

On the other hand, many birds love fruit and are immune to the toxins.

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