spindletree Celastraceae Euonymus
|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.
Looks like: winged euonymus
- strawberry bush
- eastern wahoo
| Additional Range Information:
Euonymus europaeus is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting spindletree.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson