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Spindle (Euonymus) Bonsai Tree

Euonymus often called spindle or spindle tree, is a genus of flowering plants in the staff vine family, Celastraceae. It comprises about 170–180 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and small trees. The flowers occur in small groups, inconspicuous and of green or yellow shades. The leaves are opposite (rarely alternate) and simple ovoid, typically 2–15 cm long, and usually with a finely serrated margin.

Spindle (Euonymus) make good flowering, deciduous Bonsai in the UK. Spindle Bonsai take a little extra care but the effort is rewarding.

Position the Spindle Bonsai in a full sun or partial shade position. Over winter the Spindle Bonsai and provide frost protection. Bring the Spindle Bonsai back outdoors after any frost risk has past.

Repot as and when required, usually yearly for young trees. Use a good well draining Bonsai compost. Keep the soil moist but never over watered.

Feed Spindle Bonsai every two weeks up until flower starts. Stop feeding during flowering and resume a two weekly feed after flowering stops.

Spindle Bonsai are suitable for most Bonsai styles. Upright informal styles are the most popular.

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