If A Tree Has A Fruit This Vibrant, Just Imagine How Crazy Its Timber Will Look.
Euonymus europaeus, the European spindle has an amazing vibrant pink fruit which is on show to its full glory now in late autumn, but its wood is the real surprise, glowing a vibrant lemon yellow.
Spindle wood was highly prized in furniture for marquetry and inlay work throughout the 18th century, but is rarely used now. I have been lucky enough to have some and have been using it for several years, creating the cartoon style flowers on some of my boxes, the bright yellow flowers are inlaid with a sprinkling both inside and out. A real nice surprise to the box.
The 20 spindle trees I have so far planted will help to ensure the availability of this stunning timber to the cabinetmakers of the future.
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