Euonymus phellomanus

In a leafy area of the gardens by the bottom pond, you can find this hidden gem. Euonymus phellomanus, also known as the winged spindle or corktree, is native to parts of China and always looks lovely in mid to late September.

An understated shrub in the spring and summer time, this species is perhaps one of the best self-fertile Euonymus for ornamental berries, developing clusters of vivid pink fruit in early autumn which split to reveal bright orange seed. These colourful fruit can last on the plant for several weeks before falling.

Another feature of Euonymus phellomanus is the distinctive, corky 'wings' on the stems which give it architectural interest through the winter once the leaves have fallen. Although very narrow, on established plants these wings can standout for up to 1cm from the main stem.

The pale green leaves are pretty in their own right, although there are better species of Euonymus if you prefer eye-catching autumn colour.

In a normal garden setting, this plant is superb as part of a border or as a standalone shrub, although as Euonymus phellomanus is slow growing, it should not be planted close to much more vigorous shrubs which will swamp it.

It is worth bearing in mind that the fruit are toxic and should not be eaten.

Further information about growing this fetching shrub can be found on my website by clicking on the following link: Euonymus phellomanus at Bluebell Nursery