Euonymus Genus bittersweet Celastraceae

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Euonymus alata.fruit.woodyplants.wdfiles.com (Accessed 1/2017).

Euonymus is a genus of shrubs, small trees or vines, twigs often 4-sided.

Leaves opposite, deciduous to evergreen.

Flowers small, usually greenish to white, 4-6 parted, stamens short growing from a disk-shaped structure, ovary 3-5 parted, stigma sessile.

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Euonymus fortunei.flowers.commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 1/2017).

Fruit orange to red, sometimes lobed, opening to reveal seeds covered by a orange to red aril which is attractive to birds that disperse the seeds.

Notes: Several cultivated species have escaped and become invasive in natural areas.