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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.]


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(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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An RHS award winning plant, Euonymus alatus is a deciduous bush with vivid fiery red foliage in autumn followed by red/purple seed pods which attract birds.
Varieties available are Skimmia japonica Rubella (illustrated), Euonymus Fortunei Emerald Gaiety, Euonymus Blonde Beauty, Choisya ternata Sundance, Ceanothus (Californian Lilac) and Leucothoe Scarletta.
For maximum impact plant several and mix with silver variegated evergreen shrubs such as Euonymus Silver Queen.
EUONYMUS HAMILTONIANUS - PINK DELIGHT One of my favourite plants at this time of the year is the spindle tree, Euonymus.
To wit: scientists have moved a gene that encodes an enzyme from the ornamental burning bush Euonymus alatus into a relative of canola (full disclosure-I think I may have a Euonymus alatus in my front yard).
Box is a good choice for shady spots and there are other evergreen shrubs like euonymus, skimmia and hebe which will also do a good job.
In the hedges, our native spindle, Euonymus europaeus is transformed from a uniform workaday green to cerise and vivid pink.
From 1990 to 1995, a classical biocontrol program was conducted in New England against an Asian scale, Unaspis euonymi (Comstock) (Hemiptera: Diaspididae), which attacks landscape Euonymus plants.
An Open University nature expert quickly identified the creature as an Euonymus Leaf Notcher, native to Asia.
repens with Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold', Hebe rakaiensis, Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin' and Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold'.
Keywords: Microbial composition, eubacterial diversity, TRFLP, Euonymus fortunei, Asarum canadense