|Himalayan Spindle Tree - Euonymus hamiltonianus|
Family Celastraceae - Bittersweets, Spindle Trees
Winged spindletree, described by Dirr as one of the finest landscape plants for American gardens.
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Winged spindletree, described by Dirr (1990) as one of the finest landscape plants for American gardens,has brilliant red foliage in the fall (it is commonly known as burning-bush) and prominent corky wings on the stem that add variety to the winter landscape. Euonymus species show a large amount of variability: for example, Dirr listed about 70 cultivars recognized by horticulturists. At least one of these introduced species, European spindletree, has become naturalized; other species do not appear to be as aggressive.
The usually perfect flowers, borne in clusters, bloom in the spring. The fruit, which ripens in late summer or fall, is a 4- to 5-celled (occasionally 2- to 3-celled) capsule that is usually lobed and sometimes winged.