Euonymus Europaea Tree or Shrub, 15/100 Seeds, Cold Hardy European Spindle

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Euonymus Europaea
Also known as: The European Spindle

Native to much of Europe, this popular ornamental plant can be found in gardens and parks due to its bright pink and orange fruits and attractive autumn coloring. It can grow up to 30' tall and almost just as wide. It is a deciduous upright shrub, that can be pruned to be shaped as a tree. The hermaphrodite flowers are produced in late spring and are insect-pollinated; they are rather inconspicuous, small, yellowish green. The wood is very hard and was used in the past for making wool spindles. The dark green leaves have a finely serrated edge and can turn yellow-green to reddish-purple in the fall. It is said to have a resistance to frost and wind, down to zone 4. 

It has a fast growth rate, and can become invasive. It is very durable and soil tolerant, but needs well-drained conditions. Full sun to partial shade. Parts of the plant have been used medicinally. However, The fruit is poisonous, containing, among other substances, the alkaloids theobromine and caffeine, as well as an extremely bitter terpene. Poisonings are more common in young children, who are enticed by the brightly colored fruits.

Choose from packs of 15 or 100 seeds!