Euonymus phellomanus (Cork Spindle Tree)


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Euonymus phellomanus (Cork Spindle Tree) Seeds

Zone: 4 to 8.

Native to China.

This is a suburb small ornamental tree or shrub with dense horizontal branching and vivid magenta fruit in late summer, which splits to reveal bright orange seeds. Another notable feature is the corky, winged stems. The leaves are green and oval shaped. It produces inconspicuous greenish-white flowers in spring.

The Cork Spindle tree is an excellent accent plant in the garden or lawn. It does well in full sun or part shade and average soil.

Size: Height 6 ft; Width 8 ft.

Germination Instructions

Soak seeds for 24 hours and drain.

Stratification: Seed requires 90 days warm stratification followed by 90 days cold moist stratification at 3° C (37° F) to 5° C (41° F).

  1. Soak seeds in water for 24 hours.
  2. Place seeds in sandwich bag(s), with a bit of damp sand or vermiculite to keep moist.
  3. Keep at room temperature for about 90 days. Occasionally lightly spray water to keep seeds and sand moist.
  4. Place the bag(s) with seeds in refrigerator for about 90 days. (Fluctuating temperatures, including some freezing can help germination.)
  5. After the required time take the seeds out of the refrigerator and sow the seeds in pots 3/8 inch deep and cover lightly. Water gently so as not to wash away the seeds. Keep soil moist but not wet. Seeds can take up to two years or more to germinate, so be patient and do not throw away any seed that hasn’t sprouted yet.