spindletree Celastraceae Euonymus europaeus
Leaf:Opposite, simple, elliptical, 2 1/2 to 4 inches long, finely serrated, long pointed, green above, paler and may be pubescent below.
Flower:Perfect, inconspicuous (1/3 inch across), 4 greenish-white petals with purple anthers, appearing in late spring in multiple branched clusters.
Fruit:4-lobed capsule, 1/2 inch across, pink to purple in color, splits open to reveal dark red seeds, ripens in fall.
Twig:Slender, green turning brown with age, maybe 4-sided, leaf scars are light brown (nearly white) and obvious against green twig; buds are green and sharp pointed.
Bark:Thin, greenish-brown to reddish brown, shallow longitudinal splits; becoming irregularly shreddy-ridged with age.
Form:A large shrub or small tree that reaches 30 feet in height.