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Euonymus alatus

Winged euonymus, winged spindle tree

Euonymus alatus

Winged euonymus is a useful structure shrub growing slowly to 1.5m (5ft) in height with similar spread. The stiff, straight, spreading branches carry light green leaves through summer and tiny yellow-green flowers appear in spring. The autumn colour is truly spectacular: vibrant shades of crimson pink that will light up the garden. The showiest shrub for autumn colour and a lovely choice for town or country gardens


Plant in full sun; it will grow in shade but the autumn colour is inferior. Good for structure in beds and borders, or grouped in grass in a rural setting.


Any well-drained, fertile soil. No pruning required however pruning to control height and spread can be done in winter. 

Winged euonymus is known as burning bush in the US because of its vibrant autumn colour

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Autumn
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Informal garden, Garden edging, Wildlife garden

Typically available

From April to September