Properties of Spindle Hedging (Euonymous Europeans)
- Spindle hedging plants are very popular flowering hedge in plant included in native hedgerows
- They are planted in native hedges, usually mixed with Whitethorn Hedging, Hazel, Holly and Guelder Rose.
- They are a deciduous plant with a shiny greenish brown bark.
- Leaves are oval shaped structure.
- Leaves fade to red or deep crimson in Autumn before dropping off.
- They produce greenish white flowers in late Spring and early Summer.
- These flowers are a great source of nectar for pollinating bees.
- After pollination by insects, these flowers will develop into clusters of vibrant pink fruits in Autumn.
- These berries are often a very valuable food source for birds and other small mammals.
- They are moderately fast growing, they can grow between 1-2 ft a year.
- They will grow will in full sun or partial shade in preferably damp soils.
- They are hardy in cold weather and require very little pruning
Benefits of Spindle Hedging to Biodiversity & Ecosystems
Planting Spindle and native hedging species is a fantastic way of helping the environment and encouraging biodiversity in your garden. It can provide food and shelter for so many life forms, from birds and mammals, through to lots of different species of insects throughout the entire year. The greenish white flowers of Summer are a vital food source for pollinators, and the resulting vibrant pink fruits, a valuable food source for birds and mammals. When planted mixed into a native hedge they make an attractive aesthetic in the rural surroundings all year round.
How & When to Plant your Spindle Hedging
- Spindle is usually planted as bare root plants from November through to March.
- If planting into a native mixed hedge, plants can be planted 3 or 4 plants per metre in a single or at a frequency of 5 plants per metre in a staggered double row.
- Pants are usually 2-3ft in height. Once planted, and if the area will be maintained clean and free from weeds, the plants can be pruned down to 12 inches in height. This will encourage bushiness in the plants. The area must be kept clean and free from weeds though, as weeds will be competition for the nutrients in the ground. Once growth in the Spring comes, the plant will begin growing and produce a thick, bushy hedge.
- You can learn how to choose between bare root or potted plants in our Resources section or by clicking Here.
- We grow Euonymous europeaus here in our native Nursery. These plants are available from early November through to March in the bare root season.
- When planting bare root plants, it is best to break up the soil really well and loose.
- Dig the hole and place the tree with the roots exposed in the hole.
- Be careful not to damage the Roots.
- Place the tree in the hole up to the collar of the tree.
- Shovel back in the loosed soil and firm the plant in place by walking in the plant.
- A good guide to follow is to have the soil loose enough for the water to get in, but not loose enough for the air to get in.
- To view a video of how to plant a bare root plant, Click here
After care for your Spindle Hedging.
If planted mixed into a native hedge along with Whitethorn, Guelder Rose, Hazel and even Crab Apple, the area around the plants should be kept clean and free from weeds until the hedge establishes.
Type: Fast Growing
Soil: Preferably lime, tolerates damp.
Status: Hardy in cold weather.
Position: Sun or light shade
Flowering: Pink fruits in Autumn.