The spindle

Autumn Red 🍂🌳🖍️
The spindle (scientific name Euonymus europaeus) is a small tree or large shrub that grows in woods and hedges, on hillsides and in medium mountain areas.
For much of the year, this plant is inconspicuous; its flowers are tiny and greenish, but in the autumn, it flaunts its striking dark red or red-pink leaves 🍂.
Even the fruits, with their peculiar four-lobed shape, turn red or dark pink when mature and open up to reveal seeds of a vibrant orange color.
Spindles, along with other species, are well-suited for the construction of rural hedges and noise-blocking hedges along roads.
⁉️ Did you know? 😲
In ancient times, the leaves and seeds, when reduced to powder, were sprayed on the skin of children and animals to repel lice 🪳.
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