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Spindle bushes, also known by their botanical name Euonymus, offer an impressive variety of colors and shapes that can enhance any garden. From bright green leaves to bright red fruits, spindle bushes are truly eye-catching. But while their aesthetic appeal is undeniable, dog owners should not ignore the potential risks these plants can pose to their four-legged friends. In this article, you'll learn everything you need to know about spindle bushes and how to keep them safe in a household with dogs.

What are spindle bushes?

Spindle bushes belong to the spindle tree family (Celastraceae) and include a large number of species and varieties that are found all over the world. They are characterized by their versatile foliage colors, interesting fruit clusters and sometimes also by their striking bark structure. Some species are evergreen, while others turn their foliage into spectacular colors in autumn. The attractive but often poisonous fruits attract birds, which help to spread the seeds.

Advantages of spindle bushes in the garden

Aesthetic appeal

With their variety of colors, shapes and sizes, spindle bushes can be used as ornamental plants in any garden. They provide visual interest all year round, especially in the fall when many varieties shine with their brightly colored leaves and fruit.


Spindle bushes are hardy and adaptable, making them an excellent choice for garden owners looking for low-maintenance plants. They can cope with a wide range of soil types and tolerate both sun and shade.

Promoting biodiversity

The fruits of spindle bushes serve as a food source for many bird species, promoting biodiversity in the garden. They also provide shelter and a habitat for various insects and small creatures.

Disadvantages and risks for dogs


All parts of spindle bushes are poisonous, especially the seeds contained in the attractive fruits. Eating them can lead to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, cramps and, in the worst case, liver or kidney damage in dogs.

Risk of injury

Some spindle bush species have sharp branches or thorns that can cause injury to dogs when playing or romping around.

Spindle bushes are undoubtedly an asset to any garden, offering an impressive show of colors and shapes. However, dog owners need to exercise caution. Due to the toxicity of the plant, it is important to keep dogs away from spindle bushes and educate them about the potential dangers. If your dog does eat from a spindle bush, it is advisable to consult a vet immediately. However, with the right precautions and a deliberate planting location, spindle bushes can also find their place safely in a household with dogs without endangering the health of your four-legged friend.

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If you notice any signs of hypersensitivity or poisoning in your dog, you should see your vet immediately. We are not a substitute for a vet, but we try to be as accurate as possible. Every dog reacts differently and we recommend you get a second opinion or consult your vet if in doubt.

Stay healthy and take good care of your four-legged friend!😊