Burning Bush: Fall’s best colorist


I love the way euonymus looks in the fall, in an otherwise drear landscape. As you walk along you can see them beckoning from a long way away, especially when the pink leaves are at their achingly lovely best.

And the bi-colored fruit looks like the tree was shot with a candy gun, especially when they are as numerous as they were on this tree.

And the corky, winged branches never fail to fascinate. Always wonder what the evolutionary advantage of that is.

Bright fruit of winged euonymus.

winged euonymus Celastraceae Euonymusalatus (Thunb.)
Leaf: Opposite (or partly sub-opposite), simple, elliptical to obovate, 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, finely serrated margin, green above, slightly paler beneath, turns bright red in the fall.

Flower: Perfect, inconspicuous, pale, yellow-green, 1/2 inch across, occur in clusters of three, appear in late spring.

Fruit: A 1/4 to 1/3 inch capsule, dark red outside, splitting open to reveal a bright orange-red aril, ripen in early fall.

Twig: Moderate, greenish brown with several conspicuous corky wings on each stem; buds sharp pointed and reddish brown.

Bark: Gray to gray-brown, splitting revealing a lighter inner bark causing it to look faintly striped.

Form: A multi-stemmed shrub rising to 10 feet, rounded crown unless trimmed. winged



Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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