Found in hedgerows and mainly on calcareous soils, Spindle is a particularly stunning sight in autumn. At that time its narrow, toothed, oval-shaped leaves turn a flame red colour and its distinctive four-lobed coral-pink berries open up to reveal bright-orange seed-coverings inside. It all goes to create an amazingly colourful picture which is hard to forget. These much-branched trees can grow to six metres, bearing inconspicuous, green four-petalled flowers (7–10mm) in May and June. This little tree is a native and it belongs to the Celastraceae family.
I first recorded and photographed this plant on the slopes of Slieve Carron in County Clare in 2010.
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