A Japanese spindle shrub Green Spire is recommended for a Euonymus hedge
The Japanese spindle shrub has evergreen, ovoid-elliptical, dark green leaves. The visual similarity to a boxwood, as well as the pruning tolerance, make it an attractive alternative. The foliage grows densely and over time creates a bushy, columnar shrub that still makes an attractive appearance in the cold seasons. The attractive, shallow-rooted deciduous shrub is popular as a creeping spindle hedge for edging beds and paths. The name spindle shrub refers to its early use. Its wood was used to make spindles from which woolen threads were spun on the spinning wheel in the early days. Literally translated, Eonymus Green Spire means green tower, which is certainly due to its compact growth form. It belongs to the Celastraceae family and the plant genus Euonymus. It speaks for the popularity of this genus that today there are many different varieties of spindle shrubs. Finally, it was only documented for the first time in the 18th century.
Euonymus hedge for native fauna
A Euonymus hedge provides shelter for hedgehogs, breeding opportunities for native birds and a place of refuge in winter. The evergreen foliage of a compact spindle shrub hedge continues to provide safe habitat for lizards and crickets. Equally important but often unloved animals such as spiders and snails hide in a creeping spindle hedge. The green-white, inconspicuous flowers of the creeping spindle hedge, which appear from June to August, attract bees. As the Euonymus Green Spire can withstand high temperatures and low watering, the handsome, robust ornamental shrub increases their food supply in early summer. A creeping spindle hedge is considered smoke-hardy and can therefore cope with exhaust fumes and higher levels of particulate matter.
Euonymus Green Spire - Japanese Spindle Shrub Hedge and Solitär
A Japanese spindle shrub Green Spire copes well with drought when it has grown up. It will grow in any normal garden soil. With a dense, mature growth height of 100 to 120cm and a width of over half a metre, it is able to suppress noxious weeds. Because it grows more quickly compared to the boxwood, it offers faster success and presents itself as a welcome boxwood counterpart. It is very easy to create an attractive border with a spindle shrub hedge that is easy to trim and, above all, adorns itself with glossy, dense foliage. The spindle shrub cuts a particularly good figure in the garden or in a large planter. The only thing to bear in mind here is that excess water must be able to drain off well so that it is not exposed to waterlogging.
Create shapes and structures with a creeping spindle hedge
A pretty Euonymus hedge flatters any garden. It creates borders, structures and gives life to even the smallest front garden. Shape pruning of a Japanese spindle shrub hedge is best carried out after the biggest fruits in March. A spindle shrub hedge can tolerate temperatures up to 15 C below freezing without any problems. A spindle bush hedge thrives in a wide range of light conditions. It grows from shade to sun. Do you want your spindle shrub hedge to be more than just one colour? With us you can find golden yellow creeping spindles as well as variants with two-coloured foliage.
Buy Euonymus japonicus 'Green Spire'
For a square metre we recommend buying about 12 plants, for a running metre of hedge about 7 plants.
The plants are grown in pots, so you can use the creeping spindle 'Green Spire' all year round.