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The Common Spindle Tree, also known as Euonymus europaeus, is a deciduous shrub or small tree that is native to the UK and Europe. It is a popular choice for gardens and landscaping due to its attractive foliage and distinctive fruits.
This versatile plant can grow up to 6 metres tall with a spread of around 3 metres, making it suitable for use as a specimen plant or as part of a mixed border. It prefers a well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade and is tolerant of most soil types.
The Common Spindle Tree produces small, inconspicuous greenish-yellow flowers in late spring or early summer, which are followed by bright pink, four-lobed fruits in autumn. These fruits are highly ornamental and persist on the plant well into winter, adding interest to the garden during the colder months.
The foliage of the Common Spindle Tree is equally attractive, with elliptic or ovate leaves that turn a brilliant scarlet-red in autumn before falling. This plant is also useful for hedging, as it can be pruned to maintain its shape and size.
In terms of care, the Common Spindle Tree requires little maintenance once established. It is generally pest and disease-free, although it may be susceptible to scale insects and powdery mildew in humid conditions. Overall, this plant is an excellent choice for adding colour and interest to the garden throughout the year.
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