wintercreeper Celastraceae Euonymus fortunei
Leaf:Opposite, evergreen to semi-evergreen, 1 to 2 inches long, elliptical (shapes vary with cultivars), finely serrated, dark green with lighter veins (some cultivars variegated), lighter beneath.
Flower:Perfect, inconspicuous (1/4 inch), creamy green or yellow-green appear in small bunches in leaf axils in summer.
Fruit:Dry capsules (1/3 inch) that split open to reveal small orange seeds, ripen in fall and persist into winter.
Twig:Slender, green, slightly angled; buds pointed, green to reddish green. Aerial roots present when climbing.
Bark:Light brown to reddish brown, rough with numerous aerial rootlets when climbing.
Form:Variable depending on cultivar; most are a climbing vine but can be a shrub or semi-shrub; climbing forms often escape into woodlands and can reach up to 25 feet.