Euonymus alatus winged euonymus Celastraceae EUAL*; Bx, br, cf, pb, ra, sf, wv; Q, cu, ft; K, p (planted); R, ar, c, d, is, jw;

 

Euonymus alatus.commons.wikimedia.org

Euonymus alatus.commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 5/2014).

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. 

Origin: Asia. 

Habitat: Second growth, forest edges. 

Notes: Invasive in some areas outside NYC.