Autumn beauty of spindle

Photo: Arne Ader
Translation: Liis
Spindle
 
Spindle; European spindle
Harilik kikkapuu      
 
In spring and summer the spindle looks quite modest. In southern Estonia it is an up to three metres high upright frost-hardy shrub.
 
The obovate – inversely eggshaped - leaves have a pointed tip, the undersides are hairy. The pink fruits of the spindle are capsules that open as autumn advances – brown seeds with a shiny, reddish fleshy seed cover (arillus) become visible.
 

It can be successfully used in urban landscaping since it tolerates polluted air and any pruning needed to shape the shrubs.



 

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