Creeping spindle - plants, care and overwinter

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The creeping spindle is a true all-round talent and also very easy to maintain. It can thrive in the garden as a ground cover as well as a hedge plant or vine plant.


The creeping spindle (Euonymus fortunei) is a species of the genus Spindle shrubs (Euonymus), which is native to East Asia. In Europe, depending on the variety, it is especially popular as an evergreen groundcover, hedge plant, solitaire shrub or as a climbing plant for the greening of walls.


Creeping spindles display greenish white to greenish yellow flowers in June and July. The opposite growing leaves are oval to elliptical in shape. They can take on different shades of green, often interspersed with white or yellowish surfaces. In autumn, the plants also carry small berries of fiery red to bright orange color, which serve as food for various bird species.


The growth of the creeping spindles is extremely varied and depends on the respective cultivar. Accordingly diverse are the possible applications. The creeping spindle 'Emerald'n Gaiety', for example, is only 20 to 60 centimeters high and is very suitable as a flat groundcover or low-growing hedge. The purple creeping spindle 'Coloratus' in turn is up to 60 centimeters high and can also be used as a hedge or ground cover. The variety also makes a good figure as a tub or semi-erect solitary plant. Pergolas or even complete house facades can be planted without problems with the appropriate climbing aids.

Location and ground

Creeping spindles are sun-loving plants that thank you for a bright location with about 20 centimeters of growth per year. Partly shaded locations are also acceptable for varieties with full-length green leaves.

The demands of the creep spindles on the ground are low. With ordinary garden soil they get along well. However, very lean soil should be regularly enriched with compost soil to ensure a sufficient supply of nutrients. Creep spindles do not grow very well on very firm ground. The problem can be solved easily by loosening the ground with the spade.

Important care measures


To water:

Creeping spindles feel most comfortable in moderately moist soil. During the summer you should therefore regularly water the plants in sunny locations and during longer dry periods even in partial shade. How to do it right, you will find in our article True pouring in the summer - These rules must be observed.


If the plants grow on nutrient-rich soil, it is not necessary to fertilize them. As potted plants creeping spindles, however, need a little liquid fertilizer once a month.


With frost, the hardy plants get along well. At most, it may come during the cold season to a flabby appearance with drooping leaves. As soon as the temperatures rise in the spring, the creeping spindles recover quickly.

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