STAR OF THE MONTH

Euony­mus ala­tus

Gardeners' World - - We Love November -

One wet and rainy au­tumn a few years ago I went to give a talk in Van­cou­ver, Canada. As I ar­rived at the venue the sun sud­denly broke through and I re­alised that I was sur­rounded by a glo­ri­ous crowd of Euony­mus ala­tus. Flocks of fire bushes dressed up in their au­tum­nal finest – the colour is of a deeply bash­ful blush, ap­ples fit for princesses and freshly kissed lips. I con­tin­ued up the steps with a spring in my step and joy in my heart. Since then I have planted lots of them in the hope that some­one else will be equally en­chanted.

Needs some sun­shine for the best colour. Fruits are a re­mark­able pink with or­ange seeds. Prune in late win­ter or early spring. Height x Spread 2m x 2m

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