spindle tree


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Related to spindle tree: Osage River, Euonymus europaeus

spindle tree

n.

[So called because the wood is often used to make spindles.]

spindle tree

n
(Plants) any of various shrubs or trees of the genus Euonymus, esp E. europaeus, of Europe and W Asia, typically having red fruits and yielding a hard wood formerly used in making spindles: family Celastraceae

eu•on•y•mus

(yuˈɒn ə məs)

n.
any shrub or vine of the genus Euonymus, of the staff-tree family, usu. having glossy evergreen leaves and clusters of orange or red fruits in open capsules. Also called spindle tree.
[1760–70; < New Latin; Latin, n. use of Greek euṓnymos of good name]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spindle tree - any shrubby trees or woody vines of the genus Euonymus having showy usually reddish berriesspindle tree - any shrubby trees or woody vines of the genus Euonymus having showy usually reddish berries
Euonymus, genus Euonymus - widely distributed chiefly evergreen shrubs or small trees or vines
common spindle tree, Euonymus europaeus - small erect deciduous shrub having tough white wood and cathartic bark and fruit
Euonymous alatus, winged spindle tree - bushy deciduous shrub with branches having thin wide corky longitudinal wings; brilliant red in autumn; northeastern Asia to central China
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
References in classic literature ?
Of course it is no affair of ours," a spindle tree said after they had whispered together, "but you know quite well you ought not to be here, and perhaps our duty is to report you to the fairies; what do you think yourself?
EUONYMUS HAMILTONIANUS - PINK DELIGHT One of my favourite plants at this time of the year is the spindle tree, Euonymus.
PLANT OF THE WEEK EUONYMUS HAMILTONIANUS - PINK DELIGHT One of my favourite plants at this time of the year is the spindle tree, Euonymus.
Also known as winged spindle tree and burning bush, foliage in spring and summer is dark green with pretty small pale green flowers.
If you like pink, try the fruited mountain ash, again a good- sized tree for the average small garden, and the spindle tree Euonymus europaeus, whose bright pink seeds split open to reveal an orange seed.