Can anyone please ID this bush please? It was in a garden in Cambridgeshire and stands about 3 mtrs high.
Sorry for the poor quality pictures.
It is a common or European spindle, Euonymus europaeus.
It's wood is hard and was, as a consequence, it was a good material to use for making spindles for looms and other spinning devices - hence the name.
Hi Habdab & Mike,
just to add to your identification of Euonymous europaeus, Mike, (one of my favourite native shrubs - it reminds me of my childhood home), I have a feeling, especially since this is a garden plant, that this is the cultivar E. europaeus 'Red Cascade'
We have inherited one in our current garden and it is a lovely thing. It differs from the native species in that the seed pods/fruits are larger, good autumn colour from the leaves too.
Thanks for chipping-in.
Spindles were part of my countryside-exploring youth, on the North Downs; fond memories.
...on the whole...
I tried to grow one as a bonsai (I did lots of bonsai), but it was not at all amenable to dwarfing.
It is one of those plants where Nature gets away with apparently-risky colour schemes - the fruit being pink and orange!
In a new border in my garden in Cyprus, I replicated that colour scheme with orange Lantana camara and pale pink Pelargoniums. It seemed a bit dodgy at planting time (the Lantanas were recently rooted cuttings that had not begun to flower). But this spring and early summer, when full of bloom, I found it worked very well. Not calming, by any means; but under blue skies and Mediterranean sun it just worked.