Wing spindle shrub - cultivation and care

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The winter hard wing spindle shrub attracts numerous admirers with its fire-red foliage in the autumn. How to grow and maintain this plant, read here.

Eye catcher in the garden: the wing spindle shrub

Capsule fruits are poisonous

While monotony slowly sets in the gardens, the wing-spindle shrub rekindles a very special splendor and thus becomes the absolute highlight in the garden. Although he lures in early spring (April) with green leaves and then fine green-yellow flowers (May to June). And in late autumn or in the first winter days after the leaf fall, he brings again with orange-red, unfortunately poisonous capsule fruits (seeds) a little change in the gloomy garden picture.

Tip: Its cork-like branches are ideally suited for drying arrangements when dried.


The winged spindle tree, as it is often called, makes little demands on its location and its soil conditions, it thrives practically everywhere. Although attention should be paid to a loosened soil, especially during the growing season. Likewise, this shrub plant tolerates the normal sunlight very well, but also grows in the semi-shade. Furthermore, the wing spindle shrub is considered to be well tolerated compared to other shrubs, which is why he does not need a single position in the garden.


Fight pests:
The very slowly growing wing spindle shrub (outgrowth about 2 to 3 meters, also in width) is hardly attacked by pests or other diseases. Very rarely, however, sometimes white worms are recognizable on the green leaves. Then the affected branches should be cut out immediately and disposed of in the trash (do not throw on the compost). Should there still be other worms in the wing spindle shrub, larva hatching of these worms must be urgently stopped in June and September. A normal pesticide (oil-based) against scale insects can also be used in case of infestation.

Pouring and fertilizing:
On hot days, the wing spindle shrub, like all other plants, requires additional watering in the morning and evening. And in the spring, a full fertilizer gift is recommended.

Rear section:
A pruning of the shrub is required only when needed. Mainly the cross-driving branches should be removed in the winter - after the leaf fall.

Video Board: Euonymous alatus/ Winged Spindle.

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