How to Plant & Grow


Euonymus plants, also known as Spindle trees, are deciduous or evergreen shrubs/trees that produce clusters of gorgeous blooms throughout summer. Their foliage provides colour to the garden once their flowers no longer do.   

If you’re looking to learn how to grow euonymus plants, then you’re in the right place. Follow this guide to help your plant thrive.  

What We've Included

When to Plant |  Where to Plant  |  How to Plant  |  When to Water  |  Pruning  |  Propagating  |  Common Diseases & Pests  |  When will they Flower?  |  Euonymus FAQs  |  Inspiration

When to Plant Euonymus

Euonymus can be planted at any time of year, if the soil is workable. Autumn and spring are the best time to plant these plants, however.   

Where to Plant Euonymus

Euonymus can be planted in most types of soil and look fantastic in borders or as a hedge. Some varieties are compact enough to be grown in containers. They prefer full sun or partial shade.  

How to Plant Euonymus

Planting Euonymus from Pots    
    Our pot-grown plants are incredibly easy to plant and grow. Whether you’re growing them directly outside into the border or into a container, our pot-grown plants are a breeze from the moment they arrive.

- Dig a hole in the border that’s big enough to house the root system. Do this until the top of the soil from the plant is just below the top of the pot.            
- Wedge in the plant by adding soil to the gaps in the hole, firming down the surface to ensure it’s in place.  

When to Water Euonymus

Water Euonymus well throughout the growing season while they’re establishing, especially if you’ve planted them in pots as their soil will drain quickly. After they’ve established, you won’t really need to water them except for periods of drought.   

Pruning Euonymus

Although Euonymus won’t need regular pruning, older plants may need thinning out every few years or so if they get too congested. Cut away a quarter of the old stems that are close to the ground in winter. This lets light and air into the plant, encouraging new growth. You can also prune these plants to maintain your desired shape. 

Propagating Euonymus

You can take semi-hardwood cuttings from woody shoots in autumn. Pop the cutting in a pot full of potting soil, and plant out once the new plant has grown into a small plant that can be handled.

Common Diseases and Pests

Euonymus isn’t attacked often by any pests or diseases and is perfect for gardeners of any skill – but particularly for beginners. 

When will Euonymus Flower?

Euonymus will flower in summer, usually between May and August. They’re gorgeous when in bloom, but this general timeframe may differ from plant to plant, so double-check the information given with your plant to know for sure.    

Euonymus FAQs

Q: Is Euonymus poisonous to pets? 
A: Euonymus plants are toxic when ingested in large quantities. IF you have pets, it’s best to grow them out of reach of pets.  
Q: Is Euonymus evergreen? 
A: Some Euonymuses are evergreen. For example, the Euonymus japonica variety are evergreen.  
Q: Does Euonymus need ericaceous compost? 
A: Euonymus plants prefer neutral or alkaline soils, and therefore won’t like to sit in ericaceous compost. Well-drained soil of chalk, clay, loam or sand will be perfect for these plants.  

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