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Aug 21, 2013 11:40 AM

Bush ID required please.

Hi

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.

 

Thanks

 

Habdab

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    Aug 21, 2013 12:24 PM (in response to habdab)
    Re: Bush ID required please.

    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.

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euonymus_europaeus

     

    Mike

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      Aug 22, 2013 11:13 AM (in response to MikeHardman)
      Re: Bush ID required please.

      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.

       

      Best wishes,

      Jen

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        Aug 22, 2013 1:23 PM (in response to Jen)
        Re: Bush ID required please.

        Jen,

         

        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.

         

        Mike

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