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Any of various trees, shrubs, or woody vines of the genus Euonymus, many species of which are cultivated for their decorative foliage. Also called spindle tree.

[Latin euōnymus, a kind of tree growing in Lesbos, from Greek euōnumos, of good name : eu-, eu- + onuma, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.]


(juːˈɒnɪməs) or


(Plants) any tree or shrub of the N temperate genus Euonymus, such as the spindle tree, whose seeds are each enclosed in a fleshy, typically red, aril: family Celastraceae
[C18: from Latin: spindle tree, from Greek euōnumos fortunately named, from eu- + onoma name]


(yuˈɒn ə məs)

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.euonymus - widely distributed chiefly evergreen shrubs or small trees or vinesEuonymus - widely distributed chiefly evergreen shrubs or small trees or vines
dicot genus, magnoliopsid genus - genus of flowering plants having two cotyledons (embryonic leaves) in the seed which usually appear at germination
Celastraceae, family Celastraceae, spindle-tree family, staff-tree family - trees and shrubs and woody vines usually having bright-colored fruits
spindle tree, spindleberry, spindleberry tree - any shrubby trees or woody vines of the genus Euonymus having showy usually reddish berries
Euonymus atropurpureus, wahoo, burning bush - deciduous shrub having purple capsules enclosing scarlet seeds
Euonymus americanus, strawberry bush, wahoo - upright deciduous plant with crimson pods and seeds; the eastern United States from New York to Florida and Texas
Euonymus fortunei radicans, Euonymus radicans vegetus, evergreen bittersweet - broad and bushy Asiatic twining shrub with pinkish fruit; many subspecies or varieties
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Euonymous fortunei and Lonicera maackii tied for first as the biggest current problem.
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Euonymous fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold' makes a great groundcover but can climb walls too.
Aphis carduella Walsh Cornus stolonifera Aphis cephalanthi Thomas Cephalanthus occidentalis Aphis craccivora Koch polyphagous, Leguminosae Aphis fabae Scopoli Euonymous europaeus, Viburnum opulus Aphis forbesi Weed Fragaria spp.
The brightly-coloured euonymous leaf notcher is a garden pest and believed to have been brought in on an ornamental plant.
At the Sherman Oaks Library, two cultivars of mock orange (Pittosporum) and golden euonymous (u-ON-i-mus) offer intriguing contrast to the bronze flax.
Other plants giving excellent colour are Liquidambar trees, Fothergilla and the deciduous Euonymous.
She has combined the white hyacinths with variegated euonymous with white-tipped leaves to create a scene of calm.
She has combined white hyacinths with variegated euonymous with white-tipped leaves to create a scene of calm.
Toward the opposite end of the bed, Smith planted dwarf mondo grass to simulate a stream, edged the "banks" with stone, and planted clusters of low, mounding blue fescue and variegated euonymous.
The species that have proven successful for us include sweet pepper-bushy clethera, sweet spire Itea virginica, strawberry shrub Euonymous americanus, beauty-berry Callicarpa americana and sweet shrub Calycanthus floridus, among others.