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Euonymus alatus - Winged Spindle Tree

Euonymus alatus (Winged Spindle Tree) seeds


Deciduous shrub from China & Japan, one of the finest for autumn colour when the dark green foliage turns an almost impossible shade of bright scarlet! Bears tiny green flowers in spring followed by orange, purple & red fruit in autumn. Can be trained as a normal shrub, a standard or a hedge.

Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardy Shrub
Height & Spread: 1.5 - 2.5m if not pruned
Flowers: Spring & fruit in autumn
Position: Sun or semi shade in any soil except waterlogged

Packet of 20 seeds

Caution: All plant parts toxic if eaten.



These seeds have a double dormancy which needs to be broken before they will germinate, ie. they need to go through a process which simulates the changing seasons.

Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow very thinly in trays or pots of moist, peat based seed compost (eg. Levington), lightly cover with compost and seal inside a polythene bag. Maintain an optimum temperature of 18-21C for 8 weeks, then place the container(s) in the fridge for a further 10 weeks. Then, return to 18-21C and germination should take place. Throughout this process check regularly and ensure the compost does not dry out. Note: Germination can be very erratic, so sow thinly and prick out the seedlings as they become large enough to handle disturbing the rest of the compost as little as possible.

Alternatively, sow as above, seal in a polythene bag and place in a cold frame or sheltered part of the garden and let nature take its course as the seasons change. (I personally find this gives the best results)

Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots. Grow on, repotting as needed until large enough to plant out in a sunny or semi-shaded position.

Caution: All plant parts toxic if eaten.

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