Discovered growing in a garden in Japan, where Japanese spindle tree is native, ‘Green Spire’ has a remarkable and eye-catching appearance. It is a very narrow, multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with all its branches growing almost upright and close together. The leaves are small, glossy and very dark green. They densely clothe the branches, completely hiding them in such a way that the tree resembles a bouquet of bushy pipe cleaners. Small yellow vinegar-scented flowers appear in late spring and early summer. Like most Japanese spindletree cultivars, ‘Green Spire’ rarely if ever fruits.
Japanese euonymus tolerates a wide range of growing sites and treatment, including clay or acidic soils, full sun to full shade, salt spray, and heavy pruning or shearing. It is slow growing, taking up to twenty years to reach mature height. It is useful in small gardens as a feature shrub, or a narrow hedge.
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