Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'

12lt pot (1-1.2m) £89.99
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Buy Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade' spindle tree: Fantastic autumn colour and gorgeous berries

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: any well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A large deciduous shrub, a native of European hedgerows, from which the wood was traditionally used for making spindles. This plant really comes into its own in autumn and winter, when its dark green leaves turn blazing scarlet. Insignificant summer flowers are followed by gorgeous, orange-pink, winged fruit which remain long after the leaves have fallen. Plant it in view of the house, where its vibrant display can be appreciated. It's also wonderful in a winter border among early-flowering bulbs or shrubs grown for winter interest. The autumn colour is spectacular in full sun, but 'Red Cascade' will grow reasonably well in partial shade.

  • Garden care: Tip prune young plants in mid to late spring to encourage bushy growth and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.

  • Harmful if eaten

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Large size and perfectly packed. Just turning a lovely red colour end September




Yes I would reccommend this shrub for the right place. it f


I am very pleased with this shrub. The autumn colours are lovely and lights up just where I wanted it to. Delivery excellent.





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Hello Is it possible to grow a spindle shrub in a 40cm diameter container, or would it be too restricted to get bushy?? Thank you Jo


It will be happy in this pot for a few years, but ultimately it will need a larger pot. Do make sure it is kept well fed and watered too!


Hello Crocus. I have a small courtyard garden, quite sheltered, practically no sun from November to February but then sun/part sun (depending on how far from the house you stand) for the rest of the year. I am looking for a small tree to grow in a container and wonder whether a Spindle Tree would be suitable? I would like it to be tree shaped rather than bushy/shrubby. I would be grateful for your thoughts, or indeed whether you could suggest something else - but preferably not an Acer! Many thanks


Hello, The spindle tree will cope with the shade, but it is really very shrubby, so will take several years to train it into a tree shape. Therefore a better option might be either the Cotoneaster Hybridus Pendulus - please click on the following link to go straight to it. or the Viburnum tinus 1/2 standard.


Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade' problem Dear Crocus, Some weeks ago I took delivery (exceptional packing incidentally) of two shrubs - a Potentilla and a Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'. The Potentilla was fine and is thriving. The Euonymus did not look so great when it was unpacked and had indications of either having been subjected to rain and then exposed to dust or had it a touch of mildew? After planting it didn't progress and I thought it might have been suffering from a powdery mildew. It was given plenty of TLC,- fed and treated with proprietary fungal pesticide. It has grown but continues to look a bit poorly with leaf curl and some leaf fall. I have read that this shrub has tendencies towards mildew. Like most gardeners I have had my share of successes and a few disappointments. That is what gardening is all about. What I am looking for is your advice as to the chances of this shrub recovering. What might I do? Should I cut my losses and choose something else with lesser risk? The soil is neutral and it's location offers equal periods of partial shade and full sun. I look forward to hearing from you. With thanks Harold


Hello Harold, We do suffer from limescale from our hard water on the nursery and this will leave white, powdery marks on the leaves and I wonder if this is the cause of the discolouration on yours. If it does have powdery mildew, then it is unlikely to cause any serious problems, but you should try to improve the air circulation and make sure the soil does not get too dry. The leaves are starting to die back naturally now, so I would not be too alarmed, but as they drop you should collect them and remove them from the garden. I have added some notes to your order about your concerns, so if the plant does not put on lots of new, healthy growth in spring, then please take a picture and send it in to us so we can have a look. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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