Euonymus europaeus is a shrub to 7 m; twigs green, slender, opposite, apparently clonal from root sprouts.
Leaves opposite, to 8 cm long, narrow, tip long-pointed, base tapered, margin toothed, stalk to 1.2 cm.
Flowers greenish, about 1 cm wide, in clusters of 3-5 on a stalk to 3 cm long, May.
Fruit red to pink 4-lobed capsule, ca 1.5 cm wide, opening to reveal seeds covered by fleshy orange arils, Sept.-Dec.; bird dispersed. Reputed to be poisonous (Kingsbury 1964).
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in New York City: Infrequent.
Origin: Europe, western Asia.
Habitat: Moist woodland edges. Often overgrown horticultural specimens.