Euonymus alatus is a shrub to 2.5 m tall, stems green to pale tan, with corky wings.
Leaves opposite, elliptic, to 6 cm long, almost stalkless, margin toothed, turning bright red or pink in Autumn.
Flowers 4-parted, green, to 0.8 cm wide.
Fruit a purplish capsule, splitting open to reveal bright orange fleshy aril-covered seed, pulp lipid >10% (White and Stiles 1992), seeds bird dispersed.
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in New York City: Occasional.
Habitat: Second growth, forest edges.
Notes: Invasive in some areas outside NYC.