13th November 2015

Spindle berry

Spindle berry

Spindle berries

Spindle berries

Spindle- another favourite, small tree for wildlife and beauty. My sister gave me a root of her Spindle a few years ago and it now flowers well, with the nectar attracting many insects. The leaves are the food plant of several moth caterpillars. It has beautiful autumn colour and here you can see the stunning orange and pink fruits, which birds eat (you may be surprised by the bright orange bird droppings that can appear in the garden! Spindle is our native euonymous, The dense,  white wood was used for spindles and skewers and is still a favourite for really good quality drawing charcoal. Conditions- heavy showers and string gusts of wind. Temperatures falling to near-normal for November. Temperature: Max 8- Min 5c.

Spindle tree in the wild in the Weald in autumn

Spindle tree in the wild in the Weald this autumn

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